Jen Hudson May Star As Aretha Franklin

Jen Hudson

Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations to play the legendary songstress and diva Aretha Franklin in a biopic that is set to release across North America in 2017. Hudson is being eyed to play the singer, a lead role which was previously offered to Halle Berry.

Though there is no deal in place just yet, Hudson’s representative has hinted that there have been conversations about the role, reports aceshowbiz.com. The film will centre on Franklin’s rise to fame in the 1960s and 70s, but it will also explore her interpersonal relationships, most notably how her abusive husband and autocratic father helped inspire and shape her epochal music.

There is no official release date, but the movie is expected to arrive in the next two years, and Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein is developing the movie under his SMB Films banner.      – IANS