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Jennifer Hudson Is Up for Challenge of Possible Aretha Franklin Biopic


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Last year, Aretha Franklin revealed that Jennifer Hudson was among a short list of actresses that she’d like to see play her in an upcoming biopic. Now, it seems J-Hud would openly welcome that opportunity.

Jennifer expressed her interest in starring in the biopic from Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein.

“I feel like that would probably be the most challenging and the most motivational for me to play since Effie,” Hudson tells, referring to her role in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls. “I feel like that would be the next, most similar thing and challenging at the same time.”

While she’s open to doing the role, Jennifer admits that she wasn’t a huge fan of the icon’s music while growing up.

“I’m going to be honest: I did not actually grow up listening to Aretha Franklin the way most people think I have,” Jen says.  “I grew up listening to my older cousins, and they were obsessed with Aretha. They were heavily influenced by her, and I took it from them. But I love her now. I love all her music. I just love that era. Atlantic, Motown — I wish we made music like that today.”

Jennifer previously starred as Winnie Mandela in the 2011 biopic of the same name.

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