JHud is about to star in her “dream” role. Jennifer Hudson is set to play the late great Aretha Franklin in a biopic and she dished about it when she appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“It’s always been my dream to play Aretha, and it’s actually happening,” the American Idol alum told Ellen.
The 37-year-old said Aretha had even requested her for the role before she died on August 27, aged 76.
“It blows my mind,” Jennifer continued. “I’ve always looked up to Aretha and to portray her…I cannot even speak about it because it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s a huge task.'”
“Condensing the career of the 18-time Grammy winner into a few short hours won’t be easy,” she added. “Think about it: It’s not just two, three decades of a career,” Jennifer said. “This woman had a lifetime of a career. That’s like 70 years. I cannot even begin to imagine how long it’s going to take to cover.
“Well, 70 years,” Ellen joked, adding that fans may never see the film. However, Hudson seemed up for the challenge.
“I’ll do it!” she replied.
Music icon Clive Davis confirmed Jennifer had landed the role at the beginning of the year.