After starring as Aretha Franklin in the new biopic about the iconic singer titled Respect, Jennifer Hudson has already set her sights on a new project. The star has called for Disney to finally acknowledge her talents, claiming that all her co-stars from the 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls have landed parts in Disney films except her.
“Y’all listen close – all my Dreamgirls cast members, this is a fun fact, have been in Disney films,” Hudson told Wired. “Anika [Noni Rose], Beyoncé, Jamie [Foxx], Eddie [Murphy] has done everything. Where’s my Disney role?”.
“Where’s my Disney role?” Hudson wondered. “But, I was Calliope, the head muse, on a Disney cruise ship, so that means I’m ready for my part. ‘We are the muses, goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes. Who put the glad in Gladiators? Hercules!’ That was me, Calliope. So I’m ready, just roll the camera. You ain’t even got to send a script, I don’t need the music. I’m ready to shoot. So I’ll just wait for your call, thank you.”
She is referring to a production of Hercules: The Muse-ical on the Disney Wonder cruise where she worked before she became a national star due to her appearance in American Idol. According to multiple reports, Hudson’s wish might just come true since a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 film Hercules is underway right now.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame are attached to the project. “I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation,” Anthony Russo told Collider.
Adding, “We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story, you can go read that story. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”