It’s official! We are exactly 100 days away from the release of the highly anticipated Aretha Franklin biopic, RESPECT!

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RESPECT, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film
Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert
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Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is anAssociate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.

With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar® winner for Writing, Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as Emmy® and WGA Award nominations.

“My dream for the film — and for Aretha and her legacy — was to create a piece of cinema that feels like a classic you have to see in a movie theater. You have to see it on a big screen because her life was so big it deserved that.”Liesl Tommy, director of RESPECT

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See it only in theaters on August 13, 2021

starring

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin

Marlon Wayans as Ted White

Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin

Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler

Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland

Kimberly Scott as Mama Franklin

Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin

Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin

Heather Headley as Clara Ward

Skye Dakota Turner as Young Aretha Franklin

Tate Donovan as John Hammond

and

Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington

(l-r.) Brenda Nicole Moorer stars as Brenda Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin,Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklinand Jennifer Hudson as ArethaFranklinin
(l-r.) Marc Maron stars as Jerry Wexler, Marlon Wayans as Ted White and Jennifer Hudson as ArethaFranklin in

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