Aretha Franklin wants Halle Berry to play her in upcoming film

Halle Berry looks to be the favorite to play the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, in an upcoming biopic.

Berry, Franklin’s first choice for the role, initially turned down the film offer in January. But in a new interview with Maclean’s, a Canadian magazine, Franklin insists Berry is “back in the game.” (Franklin and Rice make music at Philly concert [VIDEO])

“I saw her at the curtain of Oprah’s farewell event and she let me know that she still wants to play the role,” Franklin said.

According to the singer, Berry turned down the role because she thought she would have to do her own singing in the film. But Franklin assured her that wasn’t the case. “She didn’t know that she wasn’t expected to sing. I told her, ‘No, we never expected you to sing, we already knew you weren’t a singer!’”

Franklin, who has final approval over who plays her in the film, does have a backup plan. If Berry doesn’t work out, she would also consider two former American Idol hopefuls: Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino. She has also said she would like actors Denzel Washington and Terence Howard to appear in the biopic in some way, reports the Daily Mail.

The film’s script is based on Franklin’s 1999 autobiography. In the book, Franklin writes about her life as the daughter of famed minister C.L. Franklin, giving birth to her oldest son when she was just 13 and her relationships with backup singers like Chaka Kahn and Whitney Houston.

Franklin, who sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s inauguration, also briefly chimed in about politics during the interview. She told the Canadian publication that Obama “has been doing the very best that he can … everything that can be done with what was left when he came into office. You see, the country was having problems long before he got there.”

  • TheRegulator

    what a narcissist

  • Xpat48

    Looks like some old guy in “drag”.

  • dilbert animation on ebay

    Halle Berry in a fat suit, precious.

  • jiminga

    “Obama “has been doing the very best that he can”

    I agree with Aretha…..unfortunately for us his best is far from adequate.

  • Joe Astroturf

    Makes sense to me. If the beautiful Halle Berry can play this fat mouthed horse. Obama is doing a good job too. Thanks Obama you said you’d get gas to sky rocket and so is unemployment but your policies got the economy going the other way. If you listened to Harry Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce , instead of creating your own phony Black Chamber with clueless socialists you might have a clue. He blasted President Obama’s anti-business administration and labeled the administration “Marxist” and “fanatical.” on the Laura Ingraham Show. He said Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that he wanted $6 to $7 a gallon so we can reduce our footprint.

    Next healthcare. Gotta run I think I hear the IRS coming.
    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse
    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 234 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

  • zelda

    The Queen of Soul is also the Queen of Denial (the Nile? de Nile? You know the joke.) But she sure can sing.

  • RobR

    I’m thinking more along the lines of a Magic Johnson to play Rea-Rea.


    Aretha Franklin has never been known for her beauty or svelt figure, just for her magnificent voice. Now she wants someone to portray her that is known for her physical attributes yet could not sing her way out of a wet paper bag. I’m sure there are other ladies out there who are better actresses than Halle Berry and are a bit more portly with powerful voices. In my humble opinion, the few rolls I have seen the Queen of Soul play proves she is a better actress than Berry.

  • PerryWhite

    She’d better send Ms Berry a truckload of waffles and a truckload of beer.


    Butt, of course she does!