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EXCLUSIVE: Nia Long Wants on on Aretha Franklin Biopic

"I would be ever so honored," said the actress on playing the legendary singer.

As news circulates that Aretha Franklin has approved a treatment for her upcoming biopic and ordered a script, Nia Long smiles at the thought of being involved with the film.

“I would be ever so honored,” says the actress with excitement. “She’s an icon and I’m sure there’s more to her story than the world knows.”

Despite being named on Franklin’s actor wish list, Long has yet to be contacted about involvement. But she has a few words for the Queen of Soul: “Aretha, if you’re out there and you’re reading, count me in!” she syas.

According to a release from Franklin’s rep, the legendary singer is in negotiations with directors and producers to get the biopic completed. The film will be “an epic tale with probably the most starring and supporting roles since Roots,” read the release.

So far Franklin has picked Dorothy Norwood, Karen Clark and La Shun Pace to play the Clara Ward singers. At last check in, Franklin was said to be considering Jennifer Hudson or Audra McDonald for the lead role.