Jennifer Hudson just got the role of a lifetime. The singer turned actress is set to play Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic.
Clive Davis announced the big news during his pre-Grammy gala on Sunday night while introducing Hudson.
“When the biopic of the great Aretha Franklin is filmed next year, the artist anointed by Aretha herself to play her is the next performer. Aretha personally told me that last week,” the music mogul told the crowd before Hudson took the stage to perform a string of Franklin hits.
“This artist to us is a transcendent performer. She stops any and every show she’s in,” he explained. “Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, ‘Where’s the next Aretha, where the next Aretha will come from?’ I say it’s [Hudson]. She’s in the studio right now recording what I hope will be a classic album… she’s in the tradition of Adele, she’s a singer’s singer.”
Announcing the big collaboration deemed to be special for Clive, who signed Franklin back in 1980 and then Hudson in 2004.
News of an Aretha biopic first hit the Web over the weekend. Deadline reported that the project would be produced by Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Berstein and music producer, Harvey Mason Jr. who produced Dreamgirls.
“And this guys ……. I don’t even know what to say …. look at God,” Hudson wrote after the news was finally unveiled. “#Arethafranklin u have no idea how humbled , I am!”