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Audra McDonald To Play A Young Aretha?

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Audra McDonald Aretha Franklin

Whomp, whomp.

Looks like the Queen of Soul might not have gotten her way this time!

Remember earlier this year when Aretha Franklin was just PINING to have Halle Berry portray her in an upcoming biopic???

Mz. Franklin was SO adamant about Halle playing her — insistent, really — even though Halle herself said she couldn’t even carry a tune! LOLz!

Well, now it sounds like Tony award-winner Audra McDonald has reportedly signed on to play young Aretha…not Halle!!

Seems to be a more appropriate choice, seeing as Audra can do more than just carry a tune — the singer-actress has won FOUR Tonys for her performances on Broadway, such as A Raisin In The Sun and Ragtime AND has won two Emmys for her role in ABC’s Private Practice!

Apparently, though, there have been no talks between Aretha and Audra just yet, with Franklin still in negotiations for the project all together.

Better luck…er…next time, Aretha?

[Images via AP Images & WENN.]

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8 comments to “Audra McDonald To Play A Young Aretha?”

  1. 1

    Get your facts straight, she has not won any emmy's, she was only nominated for the tv movie version of A Raisin in The Sun. Won 4 Tonys for Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class and the stage version of A Raisin in the Sun.

  2. dadams118 says – reply to this


    Audra has 2 Emmy nominations. One for Wit and one A Raisin in the Sun. She has never won for Private Practice, let alone nominated.

  3. 3

    Audra's two Emmy NOMINATIOINS were NOT FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE. They were for TV movie WIT and TV movie version of Raisin in the Sun

  4. 4

    I love Ms. McDonald.

  5. MRSMOMOA says – reply to this


    I think this is an excellent choice, voice wise as well as body image. Though Audra has a great body and is not really full figured she is more curvy and can pull of the full figured part. I know Ms. Aretha wanted Halle to play her but, that was a terrible choice. For one Aretha never looked nor had the slim bodybuilt of Halle. Plus Halle admit she wasn't right for the part because she can't sing.

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