Jennifer Hudson in meetings to star as the Queen of Soul ‘Aretha Franklin’ by Universal Pictures Scott Bernstein, who is the producer of Straight Outta Compton. Universal Pictures has permission to Aretha Franklin’s life story. The Queen of Soul was the first woman inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won 18 Grammy Awards. The casting call is still on-going, and I think Jennifer would be a great fit to play Aretha Franklin. What do you think?