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Aretha Franklin wants Halle Berry for planned biopic

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Aretha Franklin has come out and stated – repeatedly – that she’d like Halle Berry to play her in a planned biopic. Now the ball is in the Oscar winner’s court.

“Halle Berry is my pick,” the legendary singer said during an interview on “The Wendy Williams Show,” according to MTV. That echoes a sentiment Franklin stated in a press release sent out late last year.

However, Berry has yet to officially respond. That didn’t necessarily stop Franklin from edging toward the idea that a production could be up and running soon, if all of the pieces fell into place.

“For the last four years, we’ve been talking about [the film], and I have had a number of offers. Unfortunately, they were not good offers,” she said. “Now, we have something on the table. They have all of the financing on one project and the second project, and he’s in the process of writing things for me to approve on the tele-film.”

We know certain actors have had great success playing legendary singers, whether it be Joaquin Phoeix playing Johnny Cash or Jaime Foxx playing Ray Charles. Would Berry be the right pick to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic? Would she need to learn how to sing like Franklin, or could she bluff her way through? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll continue to track this story.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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