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Aretha Franklin to Be Played by Jennifer Hudson in Biopic

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Jennifer Hudson will be playing Aretha Franklin in her biopic!!! (Give us a quick second while we breathe). Ok, we’re back! This is absolutely amazing, folks. Not only have people been waiting for an Aretha biopic for quite some time but Jennifer will be playing her and we already know she can act! If you need a quick reminder, go watch Dreamgirls – thank us later!

The news was announced by music legend, Clive Davis, during his annual pre-Grammys party on Saturday night. Jennifer hit the stage at Clive’s party and surprised everyone with a medley of Aretha’s tracks that included “Respect,” “Rock Steady” and “Think.” Soon after, Clive informed the crowd that Jennifer would be playing Aretha. Jennifer confirmed the news on Sunday via her Instagram page.

Jennifer has previously performed tributes to Aretha during the 2011 Grammys and 2014 BET Awards. We think she has this pretty down packed!

We’ll keep you all posted as more information becomes available.


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