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Entertainment First Look! Cynthia Erivo Transforms Into Aretha Franklin for Genius Anthology Series

12:30  07 december  2019
12:30  07 december  2019 Source:   people.com

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First Look ! Cynthia Erivo Transforms Into Aretha Franklin for Genius Anthology Series . The Harriet star, 32, completes her transformation as the Queen of Soul in the first look for National Geographic’s Genius : Aretha , a biographical television anthology series about Franklin .

Cynthia Erivo has officially transformed into a Genius . Production is underway on National The eight-part limited series is also set to star Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson In addition to Genius , Erivo ’s busy 2020 will include HBO’s miniseries The Outsider — and possibly an

The first image of Cynthia Erivo as musical phenomenon Aretha Franklin has arrived.

Cynthia Erivo, Aretha Franklin posing for the camera: First Look! Cynthia Erivo Transforms Into Aretha Franklin for 'Genius' TV Anthology© Provided by Meredith Corporation First Look! Cynthia Erivo Transforms Into Aretha Franklin for 'Genius' TV Anthology

The Harriet star, 32, completes her transformation as the Queen of Soul in the first look for National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, a biographical television anthology series about Franklin.

In a still released Friday, Erivo sits at the piano in what appears to be a recording studio, wearing a colorful jacket, a gray turtleneck and a pink necklace and earring.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit,” said Erivo in a statement. “I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.”

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Cynthia Erivo to Portray Aretha Franklin in First -Ever Authorized Limited Series About the Queen of Soul. The major thing to note about this news is that Genius : Aretha will actually be the “ first -ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series ” specifically based on Franklin ’s life.

Cynthia Erivo Will Portray Aretha Franklin In Nat Geo's ' Genius ' Series . Cynthia Erivo is set to portray Aretha Franklin for the upcoming third season of Nat Geo’s Genius anthology show. The Tony Award-winning British actress will transform into the music legend for the first scripted TV

a person using a laptop computer sitting on top of a piano: Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in Genius: Aretha | National Geographic/Richard DuCree© National Geographic/Richard DuCree Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in Genius: Aretha | National Geographic/Richard DuCree

Genius: Aretha will also star Courtney B. Vance as civil rights activist C.L. Franklin, David Cross as journalist-turned-producer Jerry Wexler, Malcolm Barrett as the “Respect” singer’s first husband Ted White, Patrice Covington as Erma Franklin, Kimberly Hébert Gregory as talent agent Ruth Bowen, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Carolyn Franklin and Sanai Victoria as Little Re.

The eight-part limited series will be the first authorized scripted limited series about Franklin, following her life from gospel prodigy though civil rights champion to legendary singer.

Genius: Aretha is the third installment of National Geographic’s anthology series. In past seasons, the biographical anthology followed the lives of physicist Albert Einstein and artist Pablo Picasso.

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Cynthia Erivo stars as music legend Aretha Franklin in the third installment of the National Geographic anthology series . Cynthia Erivo has officially transformed into a Genius . For the third installment of Genius , which will premiere in May 2020, Erivo follows in the footsteps of Geoffrey

National Geographic's ' Genius ' anthology series will feature Aretha Franklin for Season Three. “ Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” Erivo , who will also perform songs from Franklin ’s catalog during the series , said in a statement.

Cynthia Erivo, Aretha Franklin posing for the camera: Cynthia Erivo, Aretha Franklin | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images© Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Cynthia Erivo, Aretha Franklin | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Franklin has a big place in Erivo’s heart. The actress previously opened up about the 18-time Grammy winner in an interview with NME in November, telling the outlet, “She’s part of the tapestry of the voice I have.”

“The music I’ve learned and the performances I’ve done, she inspired a lot of it. She’s one of my heroes and I hope I can do justice to her achievements,” she said.

Franklin passed away in 2018 of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Genius: Aretha will premiere on National Geographic in May 2020.

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