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Aretha Franklin Still Wants Halle Berry in Biopic


As far as the Aretha Franklin biopic is concerned, it might be a case of ‘It’s Halle Berry or nothing’.

And, it is understandable why Aretha is adamant that Halle play ‘Aretha’ in the movie about her life, Halle did a fantastic job as Dorothy Dandridge and has an Emmy Award to prove it.

Even though Halle Berry has already declined to play the role of the soul diva, the Queen of Soul has revealed that her top choice for the role still remains to be Halle Berry.

Academy Award winner Halle turned down the offer after expressing reservations about having to sing for the most part in the film, but Franklin assured her that her singing abilities are secondary — because she (Aretha) will provide the film’s soundtrack.

Franklin was quoted as saying, “I told her, ‘No one ever expected you to sing, Halle. I never thought of you as a singer. A lot of movies come out where it’s the original artist and their songs are lip-sung to. That is how it would turn out if it’s Halle.

“If not, if for instance it’s Jennifer Hudson, she might sing one or two, but the rest would still be my original records. We’re definitely going to use the original records. I may re-record some things, too,” Aretha added.

Still, it seems the Oscar-winning actress has given up the idea of joining the film.

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