Jennifer Hudson to Bring Aretha Franklin to the Screen in Biopic ‘Respect’


Director Liesel Tommy and a star-studded cast bring the story of Aretha Franklin in the upcoming film Respect. The film stars Jennifer Hudson as Aretha and follows her from her start singing in church to becoming the Queen of Soul. Liesel Tommy was the first ever Black woman nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play for Eclipsed in 2016.

Here’s the cast:

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin
Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin
Marlon Wayans as Ted White
Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin
Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland
Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler
Kimberly Scott as Mama Franklin
Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin
Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin
Heather Headley as Clara Ward
Skye Dakota Turner as Young Aretha Franklin
Tate Donovan as John Hammond
Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.


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