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Jennifer Hudson To Portray Aretha Franklin In Biopic

By Firstladyb


Jennifer Hudson To Portray Aretha Franklin In Biopic
An Aretha Franklin biopic is on the way, and Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to portray the legendary singer.

The casting of Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “Dreamgirls” — was unveiled by Clive Davis at his Saturday night pre-Grammy party. He said that Franklin had personally selected Hudson for the role in the biopic, this according to Variety.

J-Hud closed the pre-Grammy party by delivering a medley of Franklin’s hits, including “Think,” “Rock Steady,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”

Aretha Franklin has won 17 Grammy Awards, starting with “Respect” in 1968 and “Chain of Fools” in 1969. She was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, who said of Franklin, “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll — the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope”.

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