Jennifer Hudson to Star in Aretha Franklin Biopic

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Jennifer Hudson during The Voice UK Launch photocall held at Ham Yard Hotel on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Jennifer Hudson will star as Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic about the singer, as Deadline reports. She was apparently hand-picked by Franklin for the role. Hudson’s film debut was, of course, for portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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