Following in the wake of Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein for the first season and Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso for the second, “Widows” and “Bad Times at the El Royale” actress Cynthia Erivo has been cast as Aretha Franklin in the upcoming third season of National Geographic’s anthology series “Genius”.
Every season, “Genius” focuses on a legendary artist or thinker – giving audiences a detailed look into the life and career of the icon. Filming is slated to begin in November ahead of a Spring 2020 release date.
Erivo is an accomplished singer and stage actress winning both a Grammy and a Tony award for her work and in a statement about signing on for “Genius: Aretha,” she says:
“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl. Her strength, passion and soul are evident in her everlasting legacy, not only as a transcendent artist, but as a humanitarian and civil rights icon. To have the opportunity to bring her legacy to life and show the fullness of her being, her humanity and brilliance, is an honor. What I know and have learned about what my voice, as an artist, can do and the power in it has been highly influenced by Franklin. I feel privileged and excited to be a part of the sharing of her genius.”
Brian Grazer returns as executive producer on the Emmy-winning series. Erivo will next be seen in the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet” opening November 1st.
Source: The Playlist