“There’ll by no means be one other one like me,” says Cynthia Erivo in a brand new trailer for “Genius: Aretha.” The third season of the Nationwide Geographic anthology sequence sees the Oscar-nominated “Harriet” breakout taking part in iconic “Respect” singer Aretha Franklin.
Newly topped the Queen of Soul, Aretha is warned to verify “the world solely sees the Aretha Franklin [she wants] them to.” She’s engaged on a brand new tune within the studio, “Chain of Fools,” that she guarantees will “sound like one million bucks,” however behind the scenes she’s coping with drama in her private life.
The spot additionally nods to Aretha’s burgeoning activism. “You bought to disturb the peace when you’ll be able to’t get no peace,” she insists.
Erivo was the only real actor of colour nominated on the 2020 Oscars. She was up for Greatest Actress in a Main Function for her depiction of Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet.” She additionally landed a Greatest Achievement in Music Written for Movement Photos nod for the biopic’s authentic tune, “Stand Up.”
“The Outsider,” “Dangerous Instances on the El Royale,” and “Widows” are amongst Erivo’s different credit. Her upcoming initiatives embrace a biopic about Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th-century African princess and patron of Queen Victoria’s courtroom, and “Expertise Present,” a musical drama a few failed songwriter penned by “Queen & Slim” scribe Lena Waithe and directed by “Vida” helmer Gandja Monteiro.
“Genius: Aretha” premieres March 21 on Nationwide Geographic. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks serves as showrunner.