Friday, May 24, 2024

Exclusive: Jennifer Hudson Won’t Be in “Sex and the City” Reboot But She Did Write an Original Song for Aretha Franklin Movie



Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will not be in the HBO Max reboot of “Sex and the City.”  She was featured in the 2008 feature film, so when the producers said they were adding three Black women to the new series, it seemed like a natural idea to bring back her character, Louise. What a great idea, right?

But it’s not happening. Maybe Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King thought JHud was too big a star to come to the small screen, even streaming, for an appearance. Well, that’s their loss.

Jennifer IS too big a star, actually. We’re waiting her big August premiere as Aretha Franklin in “Respect.” And the big news from that movie is Ms. Hudson herself co-wrote a new song and sings it over the closing credits. This will be her shot at Best Song for the Academy Awards. So she may get two Oscar nominations, one for the song and for the performance. I sort of expect JHud to win the Oscar next winter.

JHud has already sung an Oscar nominated song, you may recall. That was “I’ll Fight” written by Diane Warren for the documentary “RBG” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If she’s nominated for the new song, she’ll likely be competing with Warren this time!

More on Jennifer’s “Respect” song soon…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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