Franklin biopic moves ahead:

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The long-ges­tat­ing Aretha Franklin biopic “Re­spect” is go­ing ahead with stage di­rec­tor Liesel Tommy set to di­rect. MGM an­nounced Thurs­day that Tommy will helm the film, which is to star Jennifer Hud­son. The “Dream­girls” ac­tress was cast as the late Queen of Soul in Jan­uary 2018 af­ter Franklin se­lected her for the role. Cal­lie Khouri, who penned 1991’s “Thelma & Louise,” will write the script.

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