More than a decade after winning an Academy Award for “Dreamgirls,” Jennifer Hudson is about to tackle another role of a lifetime.
What We Know:
- The Oscar- and Grammy-winning star dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday to discuss multiple new projects, including her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in a forthcoming biopic. Arista Records founder Clive Davis confirmed that Hudson had landed the role in January, noting that the singer-actress had been “anointed” by Franklin herself for the film.
The most daunting aspect of playing the Queen of Soul, who died in August, is that the film aims to dramatize a career that spans more than six decades.
Later in the interview, Hudson tried the hits of other divas on for size when DeGeneres challenged her to a game of “Sing Out” and had Hudson attempt to croon sing lyrics while wearing a plastic mouthguard.
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