Jennifer Hudson to Play Aretha Franklin in Biopic?

Published: Monday 18th Apr 2016 by That Grape Juice_
Jennifer Hudson to Play Aretha Franklin 2016 That Grape Juice

Jennifer Hudson is a talent. There’s no denying it.

The Academy Award-winning powerhouse singer is set to take on yet another iconic role in the portrayal of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

The currently-untitled film, which could potentially be Hudson’s biggest role since 2006’s “Dreamgirls”, will chronicle the early stages of the “Say a Little Prayer” legend’s career.

The film will see Hudson portraying the singer’s transition from gospel singer to the now-revered mainstream artist that she’s known as today, set to take place between the early 60s to the mid-70s.

Most notable, it will chronicle Franklin’s relationship with her abusive husband and tyrannical father and how those relationships shaped her music. Universal Pictures executive producer Scott Bernstein is taking charge of this project and has acquired all of Franklin’s life rights.

Such an opportunity could see give Franklin a career-boost that is both well-deserved and long overdue. Since winning an Oscar for her breakout performance as Effie White in “Dreamgirls”, Hudson has more than proved that her starpower is far from faded.


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  1. IG : @mixedboy April 18, 2016

    I’m here for this. I think she will be great.

    • Dunno April 18, 2016

      Fantasia would be a much better pick

  2. Anne April 18, 2016

    I hope she lip syncs! I know she’s a great singer but her tone differs from Aretha and I’d rather hear Aretha ‘ s own voice on her classics.

  3. Cinnamon Girl April 18, 2016

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I’m here for this but when are they going to do a Whitney Houston biopic?

    • c April 18, 2016

      already did

  4. Leah April 18, 2016

    Jennifer Hudson is the poster child for BORING. Yes she can sing/scream at the top of her lungs. But the record buying public is bored with her.

    She has no flavor

    • SMH April 18, 2016

      Sounds like you’re still seething about JHud stealing beyonce’s spotlight in Dreamgirls. Boring? Nothing screams boring like watching a beyonce movie, or beyonce in general.

      • Leah April 18, 2016

        I’m sorry gay person, but i’m not a beyonce fan. See in the real world – Beyonce does not matter in our world. Here is some advise – get a LIFE. Stop running around secretly stanning for a chick who does not care about you.

  5. stan April 18, 2016

    she seems to do well with singing roles in movies. her own music, on the other hand…

  6. 🍟🍧🍩Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!👟👗🎒 April 18, 2016

    OMG! I’m beyond here for this!!! She might get her second Academy Award nomination for this. PLEASE let them do this right cause Aretha will shade for filth if they don’t.

  7. © Centurion (YEW KNOW I got the SAAAWWWWSE… Yew know I’m SAAAAAUUUU$$$$$$YYYYYY) April 18, 2016

    “Work” is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the NINTH week in a row. 🎈🎈🎈

  8. © Centurion (YEW KNOW I got the SAAAWWWWSE… Yew know I’m SAAAAAUUUU$$$$$$YYYYYY) April 18, 2016

    Legends Only.
    Acts with the most weeks at #1 in Billboard Hot 100 history.

    1️⃣ Mariah Carey 79
    2️⃣ Rihanna 60
    3⃣️ The Beatles 59

  9. RihannaIsMadonna April 18, 2016

    Work work work work work work see me I be 9 weeks weeks weeks weeks! They said it wouldn’t reach the summit, her weakest song, would stay #1 past 3 weeks, they say she was over “Rihanna 2007-2012” where they at?

    • Truth(honey Adel is a has been like nicki) April 18, 2016


  10. Truth(honey Adel is a has been like nicki) April 18, 2016

    JHud caaaan sing BUT….Aretha wants Tasia to do this tho. She made that clear

  11. #JACKIE April 18, 2016

    She’s a boring, hollering tribute artist.

  12. brazio April 18, 2016

    I can see her in this role..good choice

  13. Ronnie April 18, 2016

    Awesome! Been waiting on the next big biopic for a well deserved legend. Hopefully we can get this generations “Whats Love Got To Do With It”

  14. Ciah’s Turtle April 19, 2016

    C’mon wit it!! I just hope Aretha’s involved because you know how much she shades lol

  15. Tran uk anti bloper honioey love but it okay girl April 20, 2016

    If this true then good for her

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