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Jennifer Hudson Cast as Aretha Franklin in Upcoming Biopic

Clive Davis confirmed Saturday at his annual pre-Grammys party that Jennifer Hudson would assume the role of Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic about the soul singer. Hudson was performing a medley of Aretha’s hits at the event.

Hudson confirmed the news Sunday on Instagram, saying, “I don’t even know what to say…look at God!”

The Franklin biopic is in development at MGM. Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein will produce alongside Harvek Mason, Jr., music producer. Previous women tapped to play Franklin include Halle Berry (can she sing?) and Audra McDonald.

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