Home Culture Aretha Franklin on Possible Biopic Casting of Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson The Queen of Soul weighs in on those in the running. By: Hillary Crosley Posted: May 11 2013 12:45 PM 0 Aretha Franklin (Monica McKlinski/FilmMagic/Getty Images) For Aretha Franklin, the lead actress in her upcoming biopic doesn't so much need to have a voice but soul. Speaking to the Associated Press, Franklin discussed the possibility of Broadway and silver-screen actress Audra McDonald or Jennifer Hudson playing her, as well as Zoe Saldana's controversial casting as Nina Simone. AP: What do you think about Audra McDonald starring in the film? Franklin: The question where Audra is concerned is whether or not Audra can get into soul. That would be the question because she has the voice, she has a beautiful instrument. I just wonder how far she can get over into soul. AP: What about Jennifer Hudson? She has a lot of soul. Franklin: Jennifer would come up with some good things.