Cynthia Erivo is Aretha Franklin in New “Genius” Teaser

Cynthia Erivo. Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock (10464268ip)

The anthology drama Genius explored the lives of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in its previous seasons, and it’s putting Aretha Franklin front and center in its third. The first teaser shows Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo transforming into the Queen of Soul.

National Geographic will bring back this series on May 25th, and the new season will follow Franklin’s journey to building a successful career in the music industry and leaving behind countless timeless songs that influenced music and culture around the world.

Erivo is no stranger to portraying important historical figures. She recently scored an Oscar nomination for her role in the Harriet Tubman biopic. She also won a Grammy and Tony awards for her work in musical theater, so she’ll have no trouble performing Franklin’s biggest hits.

“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl. Her strength, passion, and soul are evident in her everlasting legacy, not only as a transcendent artist but as a humanitarian and civil rights icon,” said the actress in a statement.