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Aretha Franklin Teases ‘Lifetime’ Biopic / Eyes Jennifer Hudson For Lead Role

Published: Sunday 29th Jun 2014 by David

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After committing to deliver biopics on Aaliyah and Whitney Houston, the female audience-geared ‘Lifetime’ now works side by side with Aretha Franklin to tell her story, it has emerged today.

Speaking to ‘Billboard’, Franklin admits:

We’re very, very close to signatures on one agreement. It’s just a matter of our coming to terms and agreeing about what we’re doing to do.

 

Then, after initially eyeing Halle Berry to portray her, the ‘96 Tears’ singer revealed that she’s now set her sights on Jennifer Hudson or Tony award winner Audra McDonald.

She explained:

Audra’s got a great voice to work with, but she’s very Broadway oriented, but that doesn’t mean she cannot perform in the arena of soul, so that’s why I’m interested in hearing how she would sing my things. The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it.

 

Franklin’s movie  news comes as she completes a brand new studio album filled to the brim with hits originally performed by fellow entertainers. Produced by Andre 3000, the project will feature cuts released by Adele, Tina Turner and the late Donna Summer.

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  1. iHeart June 29, 2014

    I know Madam Aretha wanted a bio-film done for awhile now, but shouldn’t she, as one of the Greats, have her story told on the Big Screen?
    Nonetheless I think either Jennifer or Audra would be a great choice. Well more so JHud going based on the Grammy Tribute….idk

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  2. Proud-Arianator June 29, 2014

    LEGEND!

    • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

      Hilary ? I know

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Kill yoself ho like u said…i wanna c it

  3. ronnoc June 29, 2014

    Narcissistic b**** making a movie to honor her damn self.. she a legend but still..

    • JoJo June 29, 2014

      Ever thought about her just wanting to tell her life story. I like it because it will be 100% authentic unlike some of the other biopics we have now.

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      Honey u sound stooopid. Nothing wrong bout her makin a movie about herself, others have

  4. MISHKA June 29, 2014

    Not J-Hud again. Nope!

    Amber Riley will kill the part. Give it to her, Miss Aretha. Before Patti Labelle gets her.

    • Me>>>>your faves June 29, 2014

      STFU!

  5. KJ June 29, 2014

    Is she gonna talking about having her first child at 12 and second child @ 14…

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      Sluut u got it wrong…first at 14 2nd at 16 and yo mammy had u at 13…her daddy is YO daddy so ur granddad is yo dad u incest begotten ho. Tryna fucckn read and just got yo sour pusssy stompes in.

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        ‘stompd’

    • Me>>>>your faves June 29, 2014

      you really didn’t need to mention this f***

  6. Queen Mya>you h** June 29, 2014

    Mya will do it better tbfh

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      😐 ???? Ho go Kill yoself

  7. truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

    Chiiiile get Fanny. JHud IZ a vocal beast but she doesnt have HALF of Tasias creativity

    • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

      I hope u die in a ho

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Then sssSUCK my pusssy til u kill me, fill me?! *clips toenails…remains unbothered by this stanky ho

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Wait wait wait…a hillary DUFF stan exists??? Kii to the FOREVER POWER chile HAHAHAHAHLOLOLOL!!!!!!

      • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

        I hope u granny die in hell u skanky ass son of a fuckingg bitchh . I hope you dickk get stuck up ur ass and a hobo cumss all ovet your ugly ass face. I hope yo monkey ass ugly gremlin lookin momma gets r**** hardddd and dieee !!!! F*** u

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        *looks at yo name again…KII!!!!! #FISH

  8. Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

    Ha pussay opened up at 12 years old what kind of fat ass s****.

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      The same as ur mom

      • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

        My mom is dead. F***** ho

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        She prolly died of shame from having a BIITCH like yo for a SON!!

      • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

        Ok b**** im going to kill myself i had enaough and i am not kidding!! Im sick of pepole like u bringing me down!! I hope this will haunt u at night. Thank u for making me end my life.

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Film it b****

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Film it biitch

      • Me>>>>your faves June 29, 2014

        LOL @ film it

  9. Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

    Who dat ? Hilary is far more intersting and has the better voice. With Love alone>>>>

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      Guuuurl y am i even dragging u when YO NAME ALONE does it. Chile bye!! #SelfDraggedByYoOwnScreenName

      • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

        Hilary has a legacy. Her voice slays all those basic h***. Her tv show is iconic. Shes the most successful disney girl ever!! She has platinum albums. Clothing line. Perfumes. And worth more than this b****.

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        U little white biitch

  10. Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

    Lizzy slayed her entire fat existance. She deserves a biopic first. Fuckkk this shittt

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      Stfu u little son of a deas b****

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Stfu little son of a dead b****.

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        ‘biitch’

      • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

        Talking 2 yourself?

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Get to killn yoself u little white b**** and film it

    • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

      Ok bye!! And dont forget to buy her new album for me! I had wonderful life. Full of joy. D**** i sucked a lot. My pussyy got handaled well everyday. But one thing i wont see. Hilary’s new album. Bye world…

      • pu$$y juice lover June 29, 2014

        You crazy! Lol!!

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Film it u little white trailor park biitch

  11. pu$$y juice lover June 29, 2014

    Why jennifer hudson she annoyoing af. & dead at this random hilary duff stan bitchh stfu.

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      Ikr..

      • pu$$y juice lover June 29, 2014

        Wow . First post your not attacking me lol

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        Lol oh i only really go in on EVERYone on nicki post. Sometime when bored ill spam other post. I LITERALLY come on TGJ to read and get read. I never take anything seriously on blogs…i do it for the fun of it

    • sleazy June 29, 2014

      You just confirmed that you have NO life that’s sad

  12. Rosie June 29, 2014

    Jennifer Hudson is really annoying now. Like she really think she’s the s*** since she did Weight Watchers. And why is this Lifetime channel trying to make a movie for literally everything?

    • Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat June 29, 2014

      Who’s lana and why is her album flopping.

      • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

        WAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHALOLO LOLOLOLOL DEEEEEEAAAATTHH!!!!!!

  13. Suicide Blonde June 29, 2014

    Aretha is the most overrated black female artist of all times, outside the USA, she didn’t had a big impact, Whitney Houston is the real biggest black female artist, she surpassed Franklin long time ago. Houston remains the greatest among female singers.

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      M********* even YOUR muppet faced dav idolizes and gives her respect so go F7 CK YOSELF!!!!

      • Suicide Blonde June 29, 2014

        Baby relax!, it’s just an opinion 😀

    • Stephy June 29, 2014

      There you go again putting down our
      black artists! Ugh

      • Suicide Blonde June 29, 2014

        How i’m putting down black artists when i said that Whitney is the greatest of all females singers, of ALL, nevermind, i’m used to it.

    • Dossome June 29, 2014

      But you think Elvis Presley and Beatles are not overrated,right?

      • Suicide Blonde June 29, 2014

        Well, the acclain they have is due to their legacy which is the greatest in music. My point is that there are more black female artists with a bigger impact and legacy than Aretha, hence, the name Whitney Houston in my original comment.

      • IStanForYourFav June 29, 2014

        P.S. don’t you think there are artists with higher impact than Elvis and The Beatles?? Use your brain honey

      • Suicide Blonde June 29, 2014

        @IStanForYourFav
        Don’t you think there are artists with higher impact than Elvis and The Beatles?
        NO, can you think of another musician with bigger legacy and impact in the music world, Elvis and the Beatles defined what Rock N’ Roll music is today, the Rock world is bigger than every other genre in music history, from Metal to Grunge, all are subgenres of what Elvis and The Beatles created.

        2nd round, it doesn’t matter it Aretha influenced Whitney, even if Houston was inspired by Franklin, her legacy is bigger, simply as that, and as you say, today vocalists are influenced by people of the past but then again Whitney beats Franklin in that too, there’s not such thing as being influenced by others indirectly, if someone is inspired by Houston, that does not mean that they are automatically influenced by Franklin too, just because she influenced Houston, that’s b*******, everyone creates their own trademark, almost every band in the world is formed after the Beatles, go to tell them that Elvis influenced their music as well. Music evolves as well as musicians, it doesn’t matter when, where, from who, it comes from, once developed into something else, does not belongs to where it started.

    • IStanForYourFav June 29, 2014

      Your comment is heavily invalid since Aretha is Whitney’s inspiration and blueprint. Whitney did have a huge impact on the African American community, but it was only because Aretha built the frame so Whitney could install the windows. Aretha is not overrated. She has influenced every singer in history whether they know it or not. Just bc a singer isn’t too your liking doesn’t mean you can dismiss their impact or success. That my dear is pure ignorance in the highest degree.

      SN: Every diva is reinvented each generation. From those before Aretha, to reinvention by Diana, then donna, then Whitney, then Mariah, then Beyoncé, the yes even Rihanna, now Ariana and it will keep going. I don’t get why you all throw such shade with no facts, only opinion.

  14. Casual-T June 29, 2014

    Jennifer Hudson would be good, but so would Jill Scott. At least she’s moved on from Halle Berry, who would be completely miscast as Aretha Franklin.

  15. DD June 29, 2014

    Aretha doesn’t want Jennifer Hudson to portray her, if she did then this movie would’ve already happened when the two met years ago to discuss it. Only the writer of the article mentions JHud, Aretha only specifically talks about Audra. People seem to think Jennifer would make sense but if it happens, it’s only because no one else would take the part. And frankly, the two ladies don’t really sound alike. Aretha has nuance to her voice while Jhud sounds like a fog-horn at full volume which when I’m in the right mood, I like, but Aretha wants a star and JHud just isn’t it with her flop movies and flop singles. I like JHud but she isn’t a star, just a celebrity.

    • truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) June 29, 2014

      She wanted Fanny

      • DD June 29, 2014

        Aretha wants anybody but Jennifer! But you’re right about Fanny too, but I could see her playing Patti in a movie long before playing Aretha. And I think Patti and Fantasia have a closer relationship in real life too. I read somewhere Fanny calls her “Mama Patti” which is cute.

  16. Madison June 29, 2014

    Jennifer’s voice is so ugly.

  17. Yours Truly June 29, 2014

    @Stephy No he’s correct Aretha is a biitch & she’s way overrated. Patti surpassed her, Etta James surpassed, Natalia Cole surpassed her, Queen Diana Ross surpassed her. She’s forever pressed. Whitney & MJ are the biggest black musician ever

    • Dossome June 29, 2014

      The delusions…Meanwhile,George Michael,Freddie Mercury,Whitney,Mariah,MJB and several other legendary musicians have cited Aretha as one of their biggest influences.B**** or not,her impact is undeniable

      • Yours Truly June 29, 2014

        We are talking about sales, yes she’s queen and no one can deny that I personally think she’s overrated. Patti deserves her shine even Diana Ross too I feel like other legends are humble but she’s so full of herself. I know Tina Turner is in her lane in terms of impact

      • Dossome June 29, 2014

        Sales huh?You think Etta James,Natalie Cole and Patti Labelle have sold more records than Aretha?
        Humility huh?You think Diana Ross,Patti Labelle and Etta James are humble?
        Sis,before you go typing on stuff you don’t know.Try educating yourself on the basics because right now you are coming across as confused getting to stupid

  18. ummmno June 29, 2014

    Fantasia should play Aretha

    • Josh July 15, 2014

      I agree. Fantasia hands down would be the best choice. If Fantasia don’t play Aretha, she should definietly play Patti LaBelle. Fantasia would be great as Patti.

  19. Dossome June 29, 2014

    Queen of Soul…Chain of Fools still slaaaaaaays

  20. Lolz June 29, 2014

    DEATH! Aretha dont want nobodies J Hud to portray her. She said wanted Halle Berry but Halle declined. How you gon go from Halle to J Hud.

  21. There once was a pimp and his h**…. June 29, 2014

    I’m here for the Queen.

  22. Josh July 15, 2014

    I love Jennifer Hudson but Fantasia would be a better choice. Plus Fantasia would attract more viewers. Let’s not forget Fantasia’s Lifetime movie was the highest-rated movie in Lifetime history.

  23. Lamar January 14, 2015

    Jennifer Hudson is the perfect choice for this. No one sings Aretha like JHUD. And she has proven her acting abilities, winning an Oscar and appearing in dramas like “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.”

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