Cynthia Erivo To Portray Aretha Franklin In ‘Genius’ On National Geographic

Cynthia Erivo will star as fellow Grammy-winner Aretha Franklin in the third instalment of “Genius”.

Erivo makes history as the first person to ever portray Franklin in an authorized retelling of her life story. The story will be told in National Geographic’s “Genius” series.

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Erivo will perform countless of Franklin’s iconic hit songs like “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Since You’ve Been Gone”. The series will also feature archival footage of Franklin performing “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” and “Freeway of Love” — per TV Line.

“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” Erivo said in a statement. “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.”

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“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,” she continued. “I feel privileged and excited to be a part of the sharing of her genius.”

Erivo has won an Emmy, Grammy and Tony award. “Genius: Aretha” follows previous instalments on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. Production on the new show is set for November ahead of its spring 2020 premiere.

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