Shooting Prompted By Argument About Aretha Franklin's Biopic Casting

Michael Hatton Suffolk Shooting Aretha Franklin Argument Mugshot

Michael Hatton Suffolk Shooting Aretha Franklin Argument Mugshot

WTKR reports that in Suffolk, Virginia, on Thursday, August 16, a man was shot in a barbershop while arguing with another about whether Halle Berry was cast, or should be cast, as the recently deceased Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Police said the fight turned physical and then one of the subjects, identified as 44-year-old Michael Jermell Hatton, produced a firearm, shooting the other man at least once outside the shop.

Hatton also was treated for injuries and transported to a local jail, where he was being held without bail.

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.

In 2011, the "Respect" singer originally wanted Halle Berry to play her in the movie based on Franklin's memoir, Aretha: From These Roots.

'That's when I asked the question, "How is Aretha doing?", And they said she died five minutes ago'.

They were reportedly at odds over whether Halle Berry would be a good fit for the role. If I could carry a tune, I'd consider it. The legend had written a letter to The Wendy Williams Show commenting on the possible casting of Berry.

Singer Jennifer Hudson has since emerged as favorite to play the Franklin, who was famously known as the Queen of Soul. She's an actress, not a singer.

"She was my first choice".

She passed away Thursday morning following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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