Berry to play Franklin

Aretha Franklin confirms Halle Berry will play her in biopic

Halle Berry will be playing Aretha Franklin in a film on the life of the soul singer, Franklin herself has confirmed.

According to website contactmusic.com, the "Respect" legend said that Berry will play her older self, whilst a younger actress will play Franklin when she was starting out.

Franklin, who is currently recovering from pancreatic cancer, said she's had several offers in the past regarding a film about her life, but nothing felt quite right until now.

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