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Aretha Franklin in talks for TV biopic

Aretha Franklin in talks for TV biopic

ARETHA FRANKLIN: Singer Aretha Franklin performs the National Anthem during Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree during the ceremony. Photo: Associated Press/Steven Senne

Singer Aretha Franklin is in negotiations to bring her life story to the small screen.

Producers at Lifetime network are currently working on several biopics including films about Whitney Houston and Aaliyah, which is now on hold following the departure of star Zendaya Coleman, and they are hoping to team up with the Queen of Soul for a TV movie about her life and career.

Franklin tells Billboard.com, “We’re very, very close to signatures on one agreement. It’s just a matter of our coming to terms and agreeing about what we’re doing to do.”

While the film is still in the planning stages, Franklin has already begun thinking about who she would want to portray her if the project comes to fruition with Broadway star Audra McDonald and Jennifer Hudson leading her list.

She continues, “Right now it could be one of several people. There’s always the producers’ book, who the producer wants you to consider, and sometimes unknown names.

“Audra’s got a great voice to work with, but she’s very Broadway oriented, but that doesn’t mean she cannot perform in the arena of soul, so that’s why I’m interested in hearing how she would sing my things. The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it.”

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