Cynthia Erivo radiates the power of the stars as she channels Aretha Franklin in NEW STILL by Genius … on what would have been the late singer’s 78th birthday
Cynthia Erivo radiated the power of the stars as Aretha Franklin in a brand new still for the upcoming Genius season.
The image, a scene shot of Cynthia in the character Aretha, was released on Wednesday during what would have been the late singer’s 78th birthday.
The genius of National Geographic is a series of anthologies in which each season tells the story of the life of a different historical figure.
Aglow: Cynthia Erivo radiated the power of the stars as Aretha Franklin in a brand new still for the upcoming Genius season
The first two seasons have focused on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, and the third season premiering on May 25 will be devoted to Aretha.
Aretha started as a gospel singer in her pastor’s father’s church and became a star in the 1960s and embarked on a legendary career.
Her cover of Otis Redding’s Respect became a lasting symbol of the social movements of the time and she became the first woman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Aretha, who sang at the first inauguration of US President Barack Obama in 2009, died at the age of 76 in 2018 from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
Artistic talent: Aretha started as a gospel singer in the church of her pastor father and became a star in the 1960s and embarked on a legendary career; photographed on stage in 1967
Cynthia is no stranger to singing, having arrived at the musical theater and having won the best actress Tony for a Broadway cover of The Color Purple.
Last year, she played the heroine of the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman in the Harriet biopic, winning an Oscar nomination for best actress.
On Genius, Courtney B. Vance will play the father of Aretha C.L. Franklin, with Patrice Covington and Rebecca Naomi Jones as his sisters Erma and Carolyn.
Arrested Development star David Cross will play the role of record producer Jerry Wexler, who contributed to Aretha’s rise to power.
Icon: in the 80s, she became the first woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; she is shown playing at Symphony Hall in Newark in 1969
National Geographic also announced Aretha’s 78th birthday that they would donate on her behalf to Feeding America.
“During her lifetime, Aretha Franklin has supported a number of charitable and advocacy organizations, including Feeding America,” said a network statement.
“ To mark what would have been its 78th anniversary, and in recognition of the difficult times we are currently living in, the National Geographic Channel is donating to Feeding America on behalf of Aretha, ” the statement said, according to E! New.