Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry is her top pick to play a young Aretha. Berry previously won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying famed actress Dorothy Dandridge in the made-for-television movie ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,’
Denzel Washington, who the Detroit native visited during his Tony Award-winning run on Broadway in August Wilson‘s ‘Fences,’ told Franlin he’s open to playing the role of Franklin’s father, Rev. C.L. Franklin. ‘Law and Order: Los Angeles’ star and Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard agreed in-person to portray her dear friend and former The Miracles front-man Smokey Robinson. Nia Long is being asked to play the Presidential Medal of Freedom honree’s sister Erma Frankin and she wants heartthrob Blair Underwood on-board to play her brother and long-time manager Cecil Franklin.
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