Aretha Franklin’s life story is making its way to the big screen, and Halle Berry may be stepping into the spotlight as the legendary Queen of Soul.
Sixty-eight-year-old Franklin — who says her health problems have been “resolved” — issued a press statement this week saying a biopic was in the works based on her 1999 autobiography, “Aretha: From These Roots,” reports the Huffington Post.
The singer suggests she’d like Oscar winner Berry to portray her in the film, a suggestion she also made to CNN in December 2008, while Terrence Howard has been tapped for the role of Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Franklin’s also interested in having Denzel Washington portray her father C.L. Franklin, a Baptist minister and civil rights leader.
In the release, the Detroit native — who will review the film’s script next week — says all three actors are “enthusiastic about the project and have agreed to take on these roles, subject to further negotiation.”
Washington in particular was said to be “very interested in the role,” according to Franklin, who added that she “also had a very positive response from her in-person conversations with Terrence Howard and others.”