Halle Berry takes her summery look to the maxi in long flowing dress
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:58 AM on 28th April 2011
The 44-year-old arrived at Pane e Vino Trattoria in West Hollywood in a flowing pink maxi dress and sandals.
She was joined by veteran actor and singer Billy Dee Williams, whom she greeted warmly as she arrived.
Full length and fabulous: Halle Berry arrived at Pane e Vino Trattoria for lunch with friends in West Hollywood, California, today
Perhaps the 73-year-old was hoping to pursued her to take on the role of his friend and collaborator, Aretha Franklin.
Today it emerged that the actress has refused to play Queen of Soul in a movie because she was worried about her ability to lip-sync.
Frankiln is currently working on a film about her life and openly said that she wanted the Oscar-winning actress to play her.
But Berry reportedly turned down the offer citing her inability to match the singer's legendary voice.
Meet and greet: The actress caught up with Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams
Franklin has hit back, saying she 'never expected [Berry] to sing.'
She told USA today: 'It was more about her likeness, and the fact that she has [acting] experience.
'But I guess she wasn't confident in her ability to lip-sync.'
Instead the singers Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino - both American Idol graduates - are rumoured to be contenders to play Franklin.
The singer hasn't selected either one only saying: 'They're both very good singers and very good actresses.'
Williams, who starred in Star Wars, is working on a duet for the Queen of Soul's upcoming album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love.
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