( ENSPIRE ENTERTAINMENT ) Jennifer Hudson In Talks To Play Aretha Franklin
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is in discussions to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic that “Straight Outta Compton” producer Scott Bernstein developing under his SMB Films banner, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Hudson has not been officially cast as there is no deal in place, but a representative for the “Dreamgirls” star has acknowledged that conversations have taken place.
The Untitled Aretha Franklin Project, which has been in the works for several years, will chronicle the “Respect” singer’s rise to fame in the ’60s and ’70s and delve into her relationship with her abusive ex-husband Ted White.
Franklin is one of the top-selling female musicians of all-time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide that won her 18 Grammy Awards. She was also the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it,” Franklin told Billboard in June 2014. She also told Glamour in October 2012 that accuracy is of paramount importance to her, saying “let’s present the facts and be as creative as possible with them.”