In the now-infamous (and hilarious) Aretha Franklin interview with The Wall Street Journal in 2014, the Queen of Soul had much to say about what and who is a diva (Regarding Taylor Swift, she said without a hint of irony, “Beautiful gowns, beautiful gowns”).
Franklin also cryptically alluded to who would and should play her in a biopic. Saying that she’d spoken with the person-and they know who they are-the speculation ran rampant with guesses as to whom could stand in the gap as the soul, R&B and gospel icon.
World, say hello to Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin.
Hudson, best known for her showstopping performance as Effie Melodie White in the big-screen adaptation of Dreamgirls, has the goods to make this a biopic fans’ dream. Powerhouse vocals, stage presence and a look that can capture 1960’s, Aretha Franklin.
Coming out in 2020 and costarring Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Titus Burgess and Tate Donavan, RESPECT just might have the goods to get J-Hud a leading actress nomination during awards season.