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Jennifer Hudson to portray Aretha Franklin in upcoming biopic

By Jessica Bennett,

Jennifer Hudson has been so focused on her thriving music career that many forget she is an Oscar-winning actress. The Dreamgirls star is reportedly set to return to the big screen as the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, in a highly anticipated biopic.

The Jasmine Brand reports Hudson has been locked down to portray the legendary songstress after a slew of names were thrown in the ring. Franklin herself initially wanted to be portrayed by another Academy Award winner, Halle Berry.

Berry humbly refused the offer, saying she wouldn’t be able to do Franklin justice in the singing department, according to Entertainment Weekly. Still, Franklin persisted, sending a telegram to The Wendy Williams Show in 2011, which the host read on-air.

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