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Cynthia Erivo Responds To Criticism Over Aretha Franklin Casting

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Cynthia Erivo has been tapped to play another American icon — Aretha Franklin in the new Nat Geo series Genius: Aretha.

Before her untimely death Franklin was keen on Halle Berry playing her, but the Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winner has gotten the stamp of approval from Franklin’s family and estate.

The news was met with some controversy online, but Erivo who has already dealt with backlash over her role playing Harriet Tubman in Focus Features’ new film Harriet is taking it all in stride.

HipHollywood sat down with her during the film’s press day where she had a message for her naysayers. Check it out!

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