Jennifer Hudson has been picked by Aretha Franklin to play her in an upcoming biopic, Clive Davis revealed Saturday night at his annual pre-Grammys party.
Davis made the announcement while introducing Hudson at the Jay-Z-honoring gallery, where she performed a medley of Franklin’s hits.
“[People often ask me] where will the next Aretha, the next Whitney [Houston] come from? The one candidate right now has to be … Jennifer Hudson. She will be cast in the biopic, to be filmed next year, of Aretha, and Aretha has chosen Jennifer to play her,” Davis said.
According to Deadline, the biopic about Franklin has been in development at MGM. Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein will produce the film alongside music producer Harvey Mason, Jr., who worked with Hudson on the 2006 film Dreamgirls.