Aretha Franklin Biopic In The Works - EntornoInteligente / The long-gestating Aretha Franklin biopic Respect is going ahead, with stage director Liesel Tommy set to direct.   Franklin died at the age of 76 last August from pancreatic cancer.   Jennifer Hudson will star in the film.    The Dreamgirls actress was cast as the late Queen of Soul in January 2018 after Franklin selected her for the role.   At the time, Hudson performed a medley of Franklin’s songs at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy bash.   Tommy was nominated for a Tony Award for directing the 2016 Broadway production of Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o.    She is also set to direct Trevor Noah’s autobiography.



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