New York, September 21: US Singer Jennifer Hudson used a surprise performance on Tuesday to strengthen her chances to win a role as "The Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin in an upcoming film.
The 32-year-old actress/singer appeared in a short dress and sang a medley of hits by Franklin and Whitney Houston at a 125th anniversary party for the late newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
"She introduced the [Franklin] song 'Oh Me Oh My' and said it was her plan to portray Aretha someday," the New York Post quoted a source, as saying.
"Jennifer then asked the audience, 'Is anyone listening?' to imply someone in the crowd should give her that role," she said.
Franklin has mentioned a wish list of supporting actors for her life story - including Terrence Howard, Denzel Washington, Audra McDonald, Nia Long and Kerry Washington - but has not endorsed any actress to play her role, since floating Halle Berry's name early last year. (ANI)