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Albert Einstein. Pablo Picasso. And now, joining these two notable figures in being documented in the National Geographic biographical anthology series Genius, is the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. We’ve got the first image from Genius: Aretha featuring incredible actor Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Widows) playing the revolutionary musician.
And Erivo takes this role seriously. “Over the last few months, I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit,” she said in a statement. “I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.” Alongside Erivo will be eclectic castmates like Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and David Cross (Arrested Development). Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are executive producers, while Suzan-Lori Parks serves as showrunner. While Jennifer Hudson will be playing Franklin in a forthcoming big-screen treatment of the singer,...
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