Cynthia Erivo portrays Aretha Franklin within the first have a look at the upcoming National Geographic Genius anthology devoted to the Queen of Soul. The 30-second teaser will air throughout Sunday’s Academy Awards, the place the Finest Actress-nominated Erivo will perform her Harriet tune “Stand Up.”
The preview reveals glimpses of the eight-part Genius: Aretha, premiering over 4 consecutive nights, starting Memorial Day, Might 25th, on Nationwide Geographic. “What kind of music do you really want to make,” an unseen Jerry Wexler asks Erivo’s Frankin within the teaser. “I want to make hits,” she says.
The anthology installment — the first-ever approved restricted sequence about Franklin — will “explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career — and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world,” Nationwide Geographic stated of the sequence, which additionally secured the music rights to Franklin’s catalog.
“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” Erivo, who can even carry out Franklin’s songs in Genius, beforehand stated in an announcement. “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.”
The Genius: Aretha preview arrives simply two months after the first teaser for the Jennifer Hudson-starring Franklin biopic Respect was revealed. That movie is predicted to premiere later in 2020.