*The search is still on for the best woman to play the role of Aretha Franklin in the singer’s coming biopic, “From These Roots.” The Queen of Soul has a few names in mind, but surprisingly none on the list include Jennifer Hudson.
On Tuesday, Franklin’s rep told the press that she’s scheduled to meet with the director and financiers of “Roots” to discuss the woman for the part and other primary roles, reports the NY Daily News.
Nia Long is a prospective to play the role of the older sister, Erma Franklin, Kerry Washington for younger sister Carolyn Franklin, and Blair Underwood for brother Cecil Franklin. She previously dreamt Terrence Howard to play Smokey Robinson and Denzel Washington for daddy Franklin.
Although last year Halle Berry was her primary choice to play the starring role, she hasn’t come up with any new names recently and her most recent wish list didn’t actually include the star role
Franklin’s wish list also did not include an actor to play her new fiancé, William Wilkerson, 64, and we hear that some sources in Franklin’s camp are skeptical that she’ll actually go through with the planned summer wedding.
Meanwhile, an insider notes that Franklin, who was briefly engaged to Wilkerson — a close confidant and member of the singer’s security team — in 1987, has already changed her mind about the location of the wedding, from Miami Beach to the Hamptons. The source says that’s a telling detail.