It has been revealed that MGM has secured the right to make a biopic about Aretha Franklin. Furthermore, it has been revealed that Jennifer Hudson is the one who has been chosen to play the part of Franklin in the upcoming movie, which makes sense for a number of reasons. For example, Hudson is one of the few American Idol contestants to have ever managed to become a successful singer in her own right. Furthermore, she happens to be a successful actress as well, as shown by the fact that she won an Oscar for her role in 2006’s Dreamgirls. Moreover, it should be mentioned that Hudson is a huge fan of Franklin, having gone as far as to mention her as one of her biggest influences along with other music legends such as Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle. Summed up, it is no wonder that it was Franklin who chose Hudson to play her, which is a choice that bodes well for the fate of the upcoming movie.
For those who are unfamiliar with Aretha Franklin, she is a true music legend, being a massive success in both a critical sense and a commercial sense. After all, she has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards, which speaks of a long and storied career. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that Franklin has been inducted into not just the Gospel Music Hall of Fame but also the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In fact, she was the first woman to ever make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which happened in 1987. On top of these remarkable accomplishments, Franklin has sold more than 75 million records in countries situated all around the world, which is a number that stands as testament to her universal appeal. Simply put, it is no wonder that Franklin is such an iconic figure in the world of music, so much so that the state of Michigan has literally declared that her voice was to be considered a “natural resource,” which is a hilarious but certainly memorable way of putting things.
As a result, a Franklin biopic has the potential to prove interesting. This is particularly true because Franklin has lived an eventful life, not least because she has been involved in both feminism and the civil rights movement. Considering current circumstances, it seems safe to say that a Franklin biopic would be remarkably topical in addition to being a worthy tribute to one of America’s most beloved singers.
With that said, the Franklin biopic looks like it is still in its earlier stages of the production process. As a result, it could be some time before more in-depth news will come out. With that said, Scott Bernstein as well as the music producer Harvey Mason have been attached to the project, which will be considered positive news by some out there. Other cast and crew members have not been announced, but considering the nature of the upcoming movie, it seems probable that such news will be known far and wide as soon as it comes out.