Hudson confirmed the bombshell on Sunday night (Jan. 28), posting a pic from the red carpet at Davis' party with the caption, "And this guys... I don't even know what to say... look at God! #Arethafranklin u have no idea how humbled I am!"
According to E!, at the party, Davis called Hudson a "transcendent" performer, saying, "she stops any and every show she's in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, 'Where's the next Aretha? Where will the next Aretha come from?' I say, 'It's her.'"
Rolling Stone added that Davis also said, "When the biopic of the great Aretha Franklin is filmed next year, the artist anointed by Aretha herself to play her is the next performer. Aretha personally told me that last week." Davis, who signed and worked with both women, also noted that Hudson is currently in the studio working on a new album that he hopes will be a "classic... she's in the tradition of Adele, she's a singer's singer."
It wouldn't be the first time Hudson has stepped into Franklin's formidable shoes. She sang Franklin tributes at the 2011 Grammy Awards and the 2014 BET Awards and in interviews Franklin has said that Hudson or singer Audra McDonald were her first choices for the film; at one point, Oscar-winner Halle Berry was Franklin's first choice, though the actress appeared to turn it down citing her lack of singing chops. Deadline reported that a Franklin biopic has been quietly percolating for a while at MGM with Scott Bernstein (Straight Outta Compton) on board to produce along with music producer Harvey Mason Jr., who worked with Hudson on Dreamgirls.
At press time no director or screenwriter were announced for the untitled project, which Franklin confirmed to Billboard back in April 2016. "Good news, we're ready to sign for the movie," Franklin said at the time. "We've agreed on all the key points. There's very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that's all I wanted."