Cynthia Erivo will play soul’s queen on cable TV, but Hudson says Franklin wanted a big screen.
Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson recently offered her opinion on a portrayal project that will, like the one in which she’s starring, celebrate the life of late legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
The National Geographic network’s limited series Genius: Aretha is slated to star Cynthia Erivo as Franklin.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is the showrunner for Genius: Aretha. She’ll also executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, music mogul Clive Davis, Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and Ken Biller of Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios.