Cynthia Erivo Channels Aretha Franklin for Nat Geo’s First Female ‘Genius’
The two great artists come together in the third edition of the National Geographic franchise Genius, which — after spotlighting Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso — honors Franklin as its first American and first female.
“The idea,” says Erivo (Harriet), “is to show what Aretha was able to come through to create the music we know today.”
The eight-part limited series (scheduled for fall despite a shutdown late in production) covers much of Franklin’s tumultuous life, punctuated by her most loved songs, including Erivo’s favorites, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Ain’t No Way.” Sounds like a can’t-miss.
Genius: Aretha, Coming Fall 2020, National Geographic