Jennifer Hudson to sing Aretha Franklin songs in an Aretha Franklin movie this time

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Jennifer Hudson on Her Career and Musical Process


As Tracking Board first reported and The Wrap confirmed, Jennifer Hudson is in talks to star in an Aretha Franklin biopic from Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. The biopic, which has Franklin's approval, would focus in equal parts on her singing career and her marriage to abusive manager Ted White. In 2012, Franklin told Glamour her main concern with the film was accuracy: "Let's present the facts and be as creative as possible with them." (She also said she wanted Denzel Washington or Billy Dee Williams to play her father.) Hudson has long been rumored as the possible star of a Franklin biopic; she auditioned for American Idol with a version of Franklin's "Share Your Love With Me," and performed "Baby, I Love You" during Idol's Soul Week. Meanwhile, Paul McDonald's Rod Stewart biopic still languishes in development hell.

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 30: Jennifer Hudson attends Michigan Avenue Magazine and Art Van Furniture Host A Sweet Evening with Jennifer Hudson presented by Qatar Airways at Waldorf Astoria Chicago on July 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Michigan Avenue Magazine)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 24: Jennifer Hudson performs during during day 1 of the 2015 Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium on July 24, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Stephen Cohen/Getty Images)
Grammy award-winner Jennifer Hudson performs during the We Day Illinois 2015 at Allstate Arena on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson performs at the TV Land Awards at the Saban Theatre on Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at Nickelodeon's 28th annual Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson is seen backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singers Iggy Azalea, left, and Jennifer Hudson pose with record producer Clive Davis at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Press Day at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Singer Jennifer Hudson performs during the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in [Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 4th Annual Stand Up 2 Cancer Live Benefit at The Dolby Theatre on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Singer Jennifer Hudson performs on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 101 -- Pictured: Musical guest Jennifer Hudson performs on September 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Jennifer Hudson during an interview with host Seth Meyers on September 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jennifer Hudson performs during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Jennifer Hudson performs on stage at the 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Clive Davis, left, and Jennifer Hudson arrive at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson poses at The Beverly Hilton during press day on Thursday, January 23, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hudson will be performing at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Hudson, left, winner of the favorite humanitarian award and Julia Hudson, right, speak on stage at the 40th annual People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. Looking on from left, presenter LL Cool J. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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