Jennifer Hudson Calls Role In Upcoming Aretha Franklin Biopic “A Dream”
Jennifer Hudson sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday to talk about her role in the movie based on the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
DeGeneres began the conversation with praise for Hudson’s stirring tribute during Franklin’s funeral last month.
“It’s always been my dream to play Aretha and it’s happening,” Hudson said. She made note that the movie is in the early stages of production.
Hudson brought the house down with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” The funeral featured a string of rousing performances from several different artists from Faith Hill to Stevie Wonder. Everyone who performed was hand-picked by Franklin in the months leading up to her death.
“I’ve always looked up to Aretha, to portray her–I can’t even speak about it because it’s–that’s a huge task,” she continued.
Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16 after a years long battle with pancreatic cancer. One of her many wishes was for Hudson to portray her in a movie about her life.
Hudson revealed she has not began shooting the movie as of yet, but knows it will be challenging due to Franklin’s lengthy career in the music industry and her lasting impact.
“Think about it, like, it’s not just two, three decades of a career. This woman had a lifetime of a career. That’s like 70 years. I can’t even begin to imagine how long it’s going to take to cover,” she said.
DeGeneres quipped back, saying the movie will indeed take 70 years, as Hudson suggested.
“We may never see it,” DeGeneres jokingly said.
Hudson has previously made note of Franklin’s impact on her career and was one of the five singers selected to tribute the icon during a 2011 Grammy salute. Other performers included Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera and Florence Welch.
It’s great to know that one of her dreams will come to pass even though her earthly body will not be here to see the fruits of her labor.