MGM Aretha Franklin Biopic Sets Liesl Tommy To Direct Jennifer Hudson; Callie Khouri Scripting ‘Respect’ - Deadline
Deadline.com - Fri 11 Jan 04:22 GMT

MGM Aretha Franklin Biopic Sets Liesl Tommy To Direct Jennifer Hudson; Callie Khouri Scripting ‘Respect’ - Deadline

MGM has set stage director Liesl Tommy to direct Respect, the feature film about music icon Aretha Franklin. Oscar winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to play her, an…

  MGM has set stage director Liesl Tommy to direct Respect, the feature film about music icon Aretha Franklin.

  The film covers the life of the late Franklin from singing as a child in her father’s church’s choir to becoming an iconic superstar and civil rights activist.

  Tradecraft’s Scott Bernstein is producing with Harvey Mason, Jr., latter a Grammy Award nominated music producer who has written and produced songs for both Franklin and Hudson.

  Said Tommy: “The story of Aretha Franklin’s journey from child prodigy in Detroit to international supernova is rife with struggle and triumph, making her life one of the great American stories of all time.

  I could not be more excited to be working alongside Liesl Tommy, a brilliant and thoughtful director, who is no doubt the perfect choice to lead the film,” said Hudson.