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)”.