If the trailer is any indication, National Geographic is set to deliver a knockout biopic of Aretha Franklin with its forthcoming miniseries, ‘Genius: Aretha.’
Calling on GRAMMY, TONY, and EMMY-winning singer-actress Cynthia Erivo to transform into its titular character, the TV event – which premieres March 21 – will chronicle Franklin’s humble beginnings to her unprecedented rise to be crowned the ever-reigning Queen of Soul.
And while Erivo is lending her real singing voice to cover Aretha’s timeless hits, critics were particularly impressed with her spirited renditions of ‘Freeway of Love,’ ‘Jump to It,’ and ‘Chain of Fools.’ The latter is prominently placed in the latest trailer for the highly anticipated program.
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In addition to Cynthia, ‘Genius’ also stars Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm Barrett, David Cross, Patrice Covington, Marque Richardson, and Kimberly Hébert Gregory.
Its premiere comes ahead of the unrelated Aretha Franklin big screen biopic that stars Academy & GRAMMY-award winner Jennifer Hudson. Click here to read more.