Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson has been picked by Aretha Franklinto play her in a movie.

Clive Davis, who guided the careers of Franklin, as well as countless other stars, told the crowd at his gala on Saturday, “[People often ask me] where will the next Aretha, the next Whitney [Houston] come from? The one candidate right now has to be … Jennifer Hudson. She will be cast in the biopic, to be filmed next year, of Aretha, and Aretha has chosen Jennifer to play her.”

Hudson then paid tribute to Franklin.