Nia Long appeals to Aretha Franklin for lead role in biopic

The Respect icon revealed her “wish list” of actresses to portray her in a big screen adaptation of her 1999 memoir, From These Roots, in January (12) and named Long, Halle Berry and Kerry Washington.

In May (12) it was reported that Franklin had instead chosen to cast Broadway star Audra McDonald in the lead role, but her appointment has yet to be made official and Long is still holding out hope she’ll eventually land the part.

The Big Momma’s House beauty tells, “I would be ever so honoured. She’s an icon and I’m sure there’s more to her story than the world knows. Aretha, if you’re out there and you’re reading, count me in!”