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Jennifer Hudson is” up for the job” of playing Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’


The 38-year-old vocalist and starlet was hand-selected by the late Queen of Soul – before she passed away in 2018 at the age of 76 – to play her in the upcoming biopic and executive producer Stacey Sher states having Aretha’s blessing suggested everything to the cast and crew.

She told The Hollywood Reporter:” It was a bit less daunting to tell that story when the person whose shoes you’re filling asked Jennifer to play her. Ms. Franklin hand-selected Jennifer to play her. So, I think that was a fantastic honor, and I believe Jennifer’s absolutely up for the job.”.

Back in 2017, Jennifer revealed she had actually met Aretha to discuss playing her in a film.

She spilled:” It is my dream function, and she and I have fulfilled and there are … really exciting discussions taking place.”.

Jennifer had also previously confessed the only other musical motion picture she would do after ‘Dreamgirls’ was one portraying Aretha.

Speaking in 2018, she stated:” She selected me to play her in her biopic. That’s what she stated. The queen has spoken.

” It’s been an imagine mine. I have actually constantly stated, if I ever do another music-based movie, I seem like the only thing that might compare to ‘Dreamgirls’ is to play Aretha Franklin. It is a dream become a reality for me.”.

And Jennifer said dealing with the film was “a dream”.

Composing on Instagram after shooting wrapped, she stated:” It is formally a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it’s done! Too overwhelmed to enter it right now however words can’t reveal how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream! It was my honor, to honor the Queens request! The one and only Queen of soul #ArethaFranklin #respectMovie (sic)”.

Drew Simms
Drew has always been known as a media jockey, founded a professional business, and a news blog covering the Apple ecosystem. He has served as News Editor and Managing Editor at The Next Web and is now Editor-In-Chief at Drew Reports News. He has made a name for himself in the media world as a writer and editor, relentlessly covering various topics. Contact Drew at drew@drewreportsnews.com.
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