Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Hackford to direct Aretha Franklin's biopic

Director Taylor Hackford has been roped in to helm soul legend Aretha Franklin's biopic.

Hackford to direct Aretha Franklin's biopic (© Reuters)

Franklin has confirmed that Helen Mirren's husband Hackford will convert her life story into a film. Also, she wants Denzel Washington to play her father, Baptist minister and activist C. L. Franklin, in the film, Express UK reported.

"He (Hackford) mentioned Denzel first, and I was thinking of Billy Dee (Williams)... and I said 'Hmm...' And when I thought about Malcolm X, and what he (Washington) did with that, I said, 'Yes! He could do it. He could handle it. If he put a little more weight on and glasses, he could handle it'," she told Glamour magazine.

Franklin has not yet decided and is unsure about who will portray her in the film. However, she appears to be in favor of Broadway star Audra McDonald.

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