Singer Jennifer Hudson has just been signed to play R&B diva Aretha Franklin in a new project. The announcement was made over the weekend at the Clive Davis annual Pre-Grammy’s party, where Hudson performed a mélange of Franklin’s hits.
Davis revealed that Hudson was selected by Franklin personally to play the role in the biopic. He stated:
“She stops any and every show she’s in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, ‘Where’s the next Aretha? Where will the next Aretha will come from?’ I say, ‘It’s her.”
Hudson confirmed the news via Instagram, thanking Franklin:
“I don’t even know what to say…. Look at God!”