Shooting Prompted By Argument About Aretha Franklin's Biopic Casting

Shooting Prompted By Argument About Aretha Franklin's Biopic Casting

An apparent argument over whether Halle Berry should play Aretha Franklin in a film ended with a shooting Thursday in Virginia.

Police responded to a report of a gunshot victim Thursday morning around 10:45 a.m. They found two men had argued before one shot the other at least once.

According to police, 44-year-old Michael Jermell Hatton pulled out his firearm and shot 47-year-old Tony Jonathan Lundy, who is now in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

They were reportedly at odds over whether Halle Berry would be a good fit for the role.

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Hatton is now sitting in a cell at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where he remains held without bond as the investigation continues.

Though the loss of Franklin lays heavy on the hearts of many, it is worth noting that she wished for Halle Berry to play her if a movie were produced about her life. However, at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards, Berry said in a red carpet interview, "I can't sing! Someone should tell Aretha that I can't do her justice". "Everything's subject to negotiation, and she shouldn't underestimate her own talent", Franklin wrote in a letter to "The Wendy Williams Show".

It was confirmed in January that the role of the iconic singer will be played by Jennifer Hudson. "There are a number of other leading ladies out there that can definitely handle the role". The Queen of Soul had been suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.

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