Aretha Franklin Anthology Series Announced, Cynthia Erivo Cast as the Queen of Soul

A new anthology collection chronicling the lifetime of Aretha Franklin has been introduced. National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha will star singer, songwriter, and actress Cynthia Erivo (Broadway’s The Colour Purple) because the Queen of Soul. This system is slated to premiere in spring 2020.

In line with a press launch, Genius: Aretha will mark the first-ever, definitive scripted restricted collection on Franklin’s life. The present will characteristic a few of Franklin’s largest hits, a few of which shall be carried out by Erivo. Of her position as Franklin, Erivo stated in a press launch:

Aretha Franklin has been a supply of inspiration for me since I was a bit woman. Her power, ardour and soul are evident in her eternal legacy, not solely as a transcendent artist, however as a humanitarian and civil rights icon. To have the chance to carry her legacy to life and present the fullness of her being, her humanity and brilliance, is an honor. What I know and have discovered about what my voice, as an artist, can do and the ability in it has been extremely influenced by Franklin. I really feel privileged and excited to be part of the sharing of her genius.

Learn Pitchfork’s Afterword characteristic “How Aretha Franklin Earned Her Crown As the Queen of Soul.”

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