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mary j. blige, titus burgess join star-studded aretha biopic

October 21, 2019
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Little more than a year after her death, the first biopic honoring the life and talent of Aretha Franklin is well underway. The film, Respect, which will be released on August 14, 2020, follows the historic rise of Franklin’s career from her childhood singing in her father’s church choir to her world domination as the greatest singer to ever live.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, the film stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Tony/Grammy/Emmy-winner Audra McDonald, Grammy/Tony-winner Heather Headley, multiple Grammy-winning/Academy Award/Golden Globe-nominee Mary J. Blige, Emmy-nominee Titus Burgess, Tony-nominees Saycon Sengbloh and Hailey Kilgore. Marc Maron and Tate Donovan also round out the impressive cast.

Respect was written by Emmy-nominee Tracey Scott Wilson (The Americans, Fosse / Verdon). Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Bernstein and songwriter Harvey Mason Jr. are producing.