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'Ray' director Taylor Hackford signs on for Aretha Franklin biopic

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Taylor Hackford has been tapped to direct a new feature film based on the life of Aretha Franklin.

The soul singer recently revealed her and Hackford's picks to play her father, minister and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin to Glamour magazine.

Aretha Franklin

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Denzel Washington

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"[Hackford] mentioned Denzel [Washington] first, and I was thinking of Billy Dee [Williams]," Franklin explained.

"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'."

Franklin has not decided who she wishes to play her in the film, though she mentioned a few likely candidates.

Jennifer Hudson performs at Taste of Chicago 2012,
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Halle Berry at the 'Cloud Atlas'  premiere arrival at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.














"We have Jennifer Hudson, we have Halle Berry, and Audra McDonald. That's the last three," she said. "I went to see Audra in Porgy and Bess, and I was very impressed with her dramatic ability. She was terrific."

Hackford is best known for Ray, his award-winning biopic about Ray Charles starring Jamie Foxx in the title role.

Watch Aretha Franklin performing 'Respect' below:

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