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Aretha Franklin biopic cast members revealed
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Stars are beginning to pile into the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, "Respect."



Joining Jennifer Hudson, who will play the late Detroit singing legend, in the authorized production are Forest Whitaker as her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as her first husband Ted White, Audra McDonald as Franklin' smother, Broadway veterans Saycon Sengloh and Hailey Kilgore as sisters Erma and Carolyn Franklin, Marc Maron as producer Jerry Wexler, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Titus Burgess as the Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.



Skye Dakota Turner, who portrayed a young Anna Mae Bullock in "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical" on Broadway, will play Franklin as a youth in the film.



"Respect," which Franklin was hands-on in helping to put together before her death in August of 2018, has not yet begun filming. The film will chronicle her rise to fame during the 1960s and 1970s and also focus on her abusive marriage to White.



In a statement, director Liesel Tommy, a Tony Award winner, says that, "I am thrilled with the incredibly talented cast we have assembled for our film, and Iím so proud that Ms. Franklin entrusted us to tell her story and to share it with the world. As a storyteller, hers is the kind of story we all dream of telling. Her music has inspired me since I was a little girl, and the milestones of her life and career have shown us all how to strive and thrive.



"To have this powerhouse group of actors --ó and the phenomenal talent of Jennifer Hudson in this iconic role -- means we have the chance of making this film as transcendent as her glorious life and legacy."



More details about "Respect" are expected to be announced as the project goes into production. Franklin was the subject of an acclaimed concert documentary, "Amazing Grace," earlier this year.



Franklin, who resided in Bloomfield Hills and Detroit, will also be remembered at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, with a panel discussion centered around "The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait," a new photo book about the singer by Linda Solomon. A panel discussion will included family and friends -- including former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard and former Detroit Mayor James Archer -- sharing their personal remembrances. The event is free but requires registration. 313-833-7900. or dia.org.

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