Despite being handpicked by legendary singer Aretha Franklin to play Franklin in an adaptation of her life, Halle Berry says she's not right for the role.
On Wednesday Aretha Franklin told Wendy Williams, "They have all of the financing on one project and the second project, he's in the process of writing things for me to approve on the tele-film." She added, "Halle Berry is my pick for the older Aretha. There's a young Aretha that has yet to be named."
"Someone should tell Aretha that I can't do her justice," Halle Berry told Ryan Seacrest at Sunday's Golden Globe awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "If I could carry a tune, I'd consider it."
The 68-year-old "Queen of Soul" released a press statement last year detailing her top choices of Hollywood stars to play roles in a film about her career, according to "The Associated Press." In the release, Franklin says the actors she names are "enthusiastic about the project and have agreed to take on these roles, subject to further negotiation."
Besides Berry, the 68 year-old singer wants Denzel Washington to play her father, a Baptist minister and civil rights leader named C.L. Franklin, and Terrance Howard to star as Smokey Robinson.
The film will be based off her bestselling autobiography "Aretha: From These Roots."
According to the statement Washington "was very interested in the role," while Franklin also recovered "a very positive response from her in-person conversations with Terrence Howard and others."
Franklin is a music legend who has been honored with numerous awards including a Grammy lifetime achievement award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She is best known for hits like "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Chain of Fools."
The singer told the press on January 6, her health problem "has been resolved," but did not disclose what it was or confirm recent reports that said she had pancreatic cancer.
In November, the 68-year-old "Queen of Soul" canceled all concert dates and personal appearances through May 2011 by order of her doctors. She underwent surgery at a Detroit hospital on December 2 and said it was successful but did not specify her ailment.