Last year during Clive Davis’ annual Grammy Party, the host let the world know that Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Aretha Franklin to star in the Queen of Souls biopic. Aretha believed that Hudson was one of the few actresses out there who had the chops and range to handle the role from a musical standpoint. The MGM production will reunite Hudson with Dreamgirl’s musical producer Harvey Mason Jr. In an interesting twist Mason said he spoke with Aretha recently and had no idea that the singer was gravely ill. The Producer told TMZ.com that Aretha seemed focused and was excited about the project.
Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Aretha with this simple social media post. The former American Idol contestant Instagrammed video of herself listening to Franklin’s cover of The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” With a caption that read, “I have no words, so I will let the Queen say it! She added, “But I will say while teaching me about your life, u taught me so much about life and schooled me in mine. I will never forget those teachings #riparethafranklin.”
Now if your curious about Jennifer pulling off playing the Queen of Soul, then check out these performances where she has covered some of Aretha’s biggest hits. You be the judge.
Now originally Aretha said she wanted Halle Berry to play her, but Halle wanted no parts of the role. The Oscar winner said the musical scenes would be an issue and so she politely declined. That led to this epic response from Aretha on the Wendy Williams.
Apparently Aretha was heavily involved in the preproduction of the movie and there are no plans to push the release date in wake of her passing. No other stars have been linked to the film but it is allegedly going to be all about Aretha’s search for her true voice and her journey as an artist.