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Cynthia Erivo Will Play Aretha Franklin In TV series
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5 Oct 2019 03:15 AM EST

National Geographic Channel has found a Queen for their upcoming Aretha Franklin "Genius" biopic. Cynthia Erivo has been cast as Franklin in the channel's next installment of its Emmy-winning anthology series. "Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl." CNN reports that 32-year-old Erivo won a Tony Award for her lead role in Broadway's "The Color Purple". Aretha Franklin died of a rare form of cancer in August 2018.

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