When news hit that Aretha Franklin passed away in August of 2018, conversations started to happen about making her life into a movie. A few months after her passing, a movie was officially greenlit. The buzz around different actors started to circulate on the internet. Two names continued to show up. The two most popular names that kept being mentioned were Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson. In December of 2019, a teaser trailer came out starring Jennifer Hudson.