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Aretha Franklin biopic moves ahead with director and writer

New Zealand Herald Thursday, 10 January 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — The long-gesticulating 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"...
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MGM announced on Thursday that it has tapped stage and television director Liesl Tommy to helm “Respect,” the studio’s Aretha Franklin biopic. Tommy, a South African-born American stage director, is best known for her direction of the 2016 Tony-nominated play “Eclipsed,” which was written...

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