National Geographic and Fox 21 Television studios have premiered the teaser trailer for the eight-part anthology series “Genius: Aretha” which stars Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo as iconic singer Aretha Franklin.
Erivo is briefly seen in character as the Queen of Soul in a story that will likely cover all of the music legend’s life. Courtney B. Vance and David Cross co-star in the series, the first-ever authorized scripted drama based on Franklin’s life.
The series will premiere over four consecutive nights beginning this Memorial Day, May 25th, and will be broadcast globally across 172 countries and in 43 languages.
It’s not to be confused with the feature biopic “Respect” which is set for release in August and stars Jennifer Hudson as Franklin alongside Forest Whitaker, Marc Maron, Mary J. Blige and Marlon Wayans.