In a recent interview with Atlanta’s V103 host Egypt, Franklin revealed her top three actresses to be Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson and Audra McDonald. She told the Detroit Free Press over the weekend that McDonald’s Tony Award-winning performance in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess blew her away.
“I was very impressed with her dramatic performance and vocal ability,” Franklin said. “So we know she can do Broadway. The question with Audra is: Can she deliver in the soul arena? Of course, Jennifer Hudson has always been on the list. But Audra is a new entry after I saw ‘Porgy and Bess.’”
She admits the project has been sluggish due to casting issues, but a script will be submitted by Aug. 15.
“I was negotiating with the other group for two years, and they were adamant about the casting. That became the deal-breaker,” Franklin said. “They wanted to cast who was going to play me, my dad and the other principals. I felt like because it’s my story I was the person who needs to be happy with this when it’s done.”
The screenplay for Franklin’s biopic will be based on her autobiography From These Roots and conversations with screenwriter Taylor Hackford (Ray). She is also reportedly enlisting Tate Taylor who most recently directed The Help.