Aretha Franklin is moving forward with her much talked-about film of her life.
She has approved a story treatment on her biopic and has ordered a script, according to a release from her rep. She is in negotiations with top directors and producers.
Franklin's life story, the release says, "is an epic tale with probably the most starring and supporting roles since Roots."
The Queen of Soul, who has already said her wish list of stars for the film include Audra McDonald, Nia Long, Kerry Washington and Blair Underwood, has started casting the film.
Dorothy Norwood, Karen Clark and La Shun Pace are set to portray the legendary Clara Ward singers in the movie. All three are award-winning gospel artists.
As Franklin says in her autobiography, From These Roots, "I had never heard a voice like Clara Ward's -- and still haven't. I was only a small child, but after hearing Clara there was no question in my mind one day I would be a singer."
She is still looking for actresses to portray Clara -- the Queen of Gospel -- and her mother, Gertrude Ward.