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The biopic of the late, great Aretha Franklin is in full swing and has landed it’s star — Jennifer Hudson. The Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winner will portray the Queen of Soul for an MGM film.

According to, the biopic will be titled “Respect” and directed by Liesl Tommy, the first Black woman to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play. Tommy said, “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. As a filmmaker there is no greater gift than to be able to bring this transcendent chronicle of a woman’s fight for self-realization to visual life with the enormous talents of the soulful Jennifer Hudson, Callie Khouri, and our incredible producers.”  Khouri is the screenwriter who is most known for writing the iconic “Thelma & Louise.”

MORE HERE: Jennifer Hudson Will Star In The Aretha Franklin Biopic — News One

WATCH Jennifer Hudson sing “Amazing Grace” at the Queen of Soul’s Funeral


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