Jennifer Hudson, an “American Idol” finalist, Academy Award winner and Golden Globe recipient, has been picked to play the legendary singer Aretha Franklin in an upcoming movie biography, reports The New York Post.
The announcement was made by music impresario Clive Davis, the Post says. Davis didn’t mention which studio is going to make the movie. However, he did say that the movie would be made next year and that Franklin herself chose Hudson for the role.
Franklin “has won 18 Grammy Awards, sold over 75 million records worldwide, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987,” according to an article on the website of the cable TV channel AXS. The article adds: “She was the first female artist to be included! She has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1979, and her many lifetime awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
In the following video, found on YouTube, Franklin sings a Carole King song on the Kennedy Center Honors’ show in 2015: