Jennifer Hudson reveals it's been her lifelong dream to play Aretha Franklin
Jennifer Hudson revealed that it has been her lifelong dream to play the role of Aretha Franklin in a new and upcoming project
Jennifer Hudson has revealed that it has been her lifelong dream to play Aretha Franklin on the screen. The singer spoke about playing the Queen of Soul in a new and upcoming project, after record executive Clive Davis confirmed that Hudson had landed the role.
Jennifer appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show and shared, "It's always been my dream to play Aretha, and it's actually happening" before noting that the film was already in the early stages of production. She also added that the late Franklin herself had asked for Hudson to play the role. "It blows my mind. I've always looked up to Aretha and to portray her—I cannot even speak about it because it's like, 'Oh, that's a huge task,'" she continued.
She also shared that being able to fit the long and successful career of the 18-time Grammy winner into a few short hours will not be an easy task. "Think about it: It's not just two, three decades of a career. This woman had a lifetime of a career. That's like 70 years. I cannot even begin to imagine how long it's going to take to cover," Hudson added. "Well, 70 years," Ellen responded jokingly to which Hudson eagerly said, "I'll do it!"
Earlier this year, Davis revealed that Hudson would be playing Franklin at his annual pre-Grammy's party. Hudson performed several of Franklin's hits which include songs such as 'Respect,' 'Rock Steady' and 'Think'. While introducing her, Davis announced that Hudson had "been anointed by Aretha herself". He described Hudson as a "transcendent performer".
"She stops any and every show she's in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, 'Where's the next Aretha? Where will the next Aretha come from?' I say, 'It's her," Clive added. Hudson also confirmed the news via Instagram and wrote, "I don't even know what to say...Look at God!" She also thanked Aretha for the role.
The Queen of Soul passed away on August 16 when she was 76-years-old due to an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer. Hudson was amongst the many celebrities who performed at Franklin's funeral where she sang 'Amazing Grace' for which she received a standing ovation.
In addition to starring as Aretha Franklin in the film, Hudson is all set to appear in a movie version of the iconic musical 'Cats' alongside Taylor Swift and James Corden. Hudson will play the role of Grizabella, who sings the classic and popular hit 'Memory'. Hudson is also be a judge on this season of the 'Voice'.