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Who Should Play Aretha Franklin in Biopic: Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson or Audra McDonald?

It appears that when Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin saw actress Audra McDonald on a Broadway stage performing in the Tony Award-nominated The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, she had an epiphany. Possibly, Ri-Ri imagined her younger self, saw some resemblances and felt compelled to announce the “Private Practice” star could play the lead role in From These Roots, the movie adaptation of her best-selling 1999 autobiography.

The biopic, which was on hold, is again the topic of conversation among Hollywood heavyweights.

Franklin admits that there hasn’t been any discussion with McDonald, but she says she admires the singer’s stage presence and voice. In 2010, Franklin hinted that Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry would be the best choice at that time. Fellow Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s name has also been tossed around. –yvette caslin


  1. Unique D on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Jennifer Hudson since Fantasia Barrino is not listed as an alternative. Then again, Mary J Blige would be a good choice!

  2. Laagbomi on May 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    jennifer hudson and she has the pipes too

  3. Lamar Thomas on May 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Definitely Jennifer Hudson!  BY FAR!

  4. Lamar Thomas on May 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    It’s got to be Jennifer Hudson, RIGHT?!  I don’t think any other choice makes sense…except possibly Fantasia.  Halle?  No.  Audra?  No.