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Aretha Franklin Reportedly Eyeing Audra McDonald To Star In Biopic

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 1, 2012 at 10:00AM

Well here we go again folks; everytime this project comes up, I can't help but chuckle. If it ever sees the light of day, I'd be shocked! 
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Well here we go again folks; everytime this project comes up, I can't help but chuckle. If it ever sees the light of day, I'd be shocked! 

But ya never know, do ya?

Recall that, in our last post on this, in March, she said that the project had been put on hold because she had a lot of other things going on, like working on a new album.

And now, after all the hubub over casting - Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Nia Long, Kerry Washington, and who else? - Aretha Franklin has reportedly rebooted the project and has set her sights on Porgy and Bess star Audra McDonald.

The story goes that Franklin attended a performance of Porgy and Bess to celebrate her 70th birthday, and was allegedly so impressed by McDonald’s work on stage that she just had to have her play Aretha in her biopic.

Whether or not Audra is even aware of this, or has been contacted, isn't clear. Look for Audra's reactions, likely on Twitter (since she's somewhat active there) soon :)

The biopic seemed like a go back in January, when Franklin was scheduled to meet with directors and financiers, but nada since then.

This has been "in the works" for about 3 years now, probably almost as long as this site's been around. And, at this point, I just don't think it's happening. All the chatter about it has come primarily from Aretha, so I don't get the sense that any of what she's said thus far holds any weight unfortunately.


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