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Jennifer Hudson talks playing Aretha Franklin in biopic

CHOSEN: Jennifer Hudson is due to play Aretha Franklin in a film about her life

JENNIFER HUDSON has opened up about playing Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic.

Hudson described the acting opportunity as her “dream” role.

In an appearance on The Ellen Show, she confirmed that the rumours that she was to play Franklin were true.

Hudson, who sang at Franklin’s televised funeral last month, said the Queen of Soul had said she wanted her to have the role.

“Aretha said she wanted Jennifer Hudson to play her,” Hudson told Ellen Degeneres.

She added: “It blows my mind. Like, I’ve always looked up to Aretha. And to portray her...that’s a huge task.”

The film has not started shooting yet but Hudson said it was in early production.

The Dreamgirls star also spoke about her upcoming film based on Cats the musical. Hudson will be playing “a glamorous cat”. Taylor Swift has also been confirmed to have a role in the film.

The 37-year-old singer and American Idol alumnus is currently a judge on the UK version of the The Voice.

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