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

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)
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)
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