The Hollywood Reporter says, “the season will chronicle Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career and the impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world, in addition to her outspoken championing of civil rights.” And if you’re wondering how the family feels about the casting, Franklin’s niece Sabrina Owens, told THR “For Genius to honor Aretha is a great affirmation of her legacy, and Cynthia Erivo is an extraordinary talent with an amazing voice.”
So what does this mean for Jennifer Hudson‘s role as the Queen of Soul? Nothing. The Clive Davis‘ backed biopic, Respect, is due in theaters on August 14, 2020.
Two powerhouse vocals with acting chops to match? We’re rooting for them both! Check out Erivo paying homage below.
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