Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin is in the final stages of mounting her highly anticipated biopic. The 74-year-old music legend recently told press at her annual birthday bash that she has finally selected an actress for the coveted role and that she is working with the people behind the box office hit, “Straight Outta Compton.”

“I’m in the last of the negotiations, because we have agreed on the key things and the most important things,” Franklin told HuffPost during the event. “So it’s just something minimal to finish, and then we can move forward from there. It’s some of the people that were involved in ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ and this is gonna be ‘Straight Outta Detroit.’”

The “Rock Steady” singer has been very vocal about who she would like to portray her in the project and has narrowed it down to Oscar winning-actress and singer Jennifer Hudson and Tony Award winning-Broadway star Audra McDonald.

“It’s been a long, long haul, but I think we’re right at it now,” she said. “I spoke to the young lady about a week ago — I won’t say which one of the two it was — but I spoke to her, and she’s ready. We’re gonna go forward with it.”

I believe the role is going to Jennifer Hudson! She is a natural fit and her gig with Broadway’s “The Color Purple” ends May 8.  I could be wrong but if its true remember you heard it here first!

RC will keep you posted as this continues to develop!

Who would you like to see play Aretha Franklin? Jennifer or Audra?

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