According to THR, Berry politely refused the role citing her lack on singing ability, causing Aretha to respond, “Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-synching to the artist‘s original recordings.”
To which, Berry jokingly told Ryan Seacrest, “Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice.”
Franklin then responded, “Bring me Solo and the Wookiee. They will all suffer for this outrage.”
Seems like this back and forth could go on and on. But Aretha just needs to face the fact that Halle isn’t up for the role. She can’t sing and she doesn’t look like a Gorg from “Fraggle Rock.” Nothing about her fits the part. But, who knows, maybe Henson’s Creature Shop can help out with casting.