Halle Berry might be sipping on some of that Aretha Franklin right now — but not in a way that’s beneficial to the Queen of Soul. You know Re-Re has been going hardcore to get Halle to play her in a biopic, to which the actress basically said, thanks but no thanks. Turns out, Halle has a girl crush of her own who she’s thirsty to play and appears to be getting nowhere with: Angela Davis.
In the latest issue of In Style, which Halle Berry covers, she tells the magazine it’s her dream to play the civil rights activist in a major Hollywood picture.
“Her story is so fascinating,” she said. “I would love to bring it to the screen. I would pick her brain to have a better understanding of her affiliation with the Black Panthers and that period from the 1960s.”
Shadow and Act pointed out that this isn’t the first time Halle has been vocal about her dream role. In January 2011, she told JET:
“I’ll probably never get to play it in my life and I am going to be sad until the day I die, but I really want to play Angela Davis-badly,” she said. “So badly. I just think she’s fascinating and I think I would love to tell a story from her perspective about that time in our history and what it was all about with the black panthers.”
Answering the obvious question of why this biopic hasn’t happened, S&A added that there had been unconfirmed rumors that Halle actually met with Angela Davis before her JET interview but the ’60s and ’70s activist wasn’t interested in signing over the rights to her life. Whether that’s true or not is unknown.
It’s been a hot minute since Halle took on a serious role, and though the 46-year-old looks amazing, time is running out for her to play a mid-20-something, afro-wearing revolutionary. She might have to hang this one up just like Aretha.
Do you think Halle could pull off playing Angela Davis?