Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson has found a director. Liesl Tommy, the first black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination for best direction of a play, will direct Respect for MGM, with Callie Khouri penning the script.
The movie will follow Franklin’s rise, from her beginnings in her father’s choir, to her assent to the Queen of Soul.
Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason, Jr., a music producer who has worked with both Hudson and Franklin, will produce. Jonathan Glickman and Adam Rosenberg are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
Tommy’s screen credits include episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Insecure and OWN’s Queen Sugar. She is also attached to direct the adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime. She is repped by WME and MGMT.
By Damilola Faustino