Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Adds Marlon Wayans, Forest Whittaker, Mary J. Blige & More

by Krystal Franklin

October 21, 2019

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Clive DavisAretha Franklin biopic is rounding out its cast with a few notable names joining the Jennifer Hudson-led project.

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According to reports, the all-star cast includes Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winner Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige and Tituss Burgess. And while there’s no word on who Blige will portray, we’ve got a rundown on what to expect from the cast.

Whitaker stars as Reverend CL Franklin. Known as the man with the “Million-Dollar Voice,” Franklin served as the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin was also the father of the American singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin and her manager early on in her career.

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Wayans stars as Ted White, Aretha’s first husband.

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McDonald stars as Barbara Franklin, Aretha’s mother.

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Burgess stars as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, who was known as the “King of Gospel.”

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Production on Respect begins November 1 and the film is set to hit theaters August 2020. Can’t wait? The National Geographic channel has cast Cynthia Erivo as Franklin in its series, Genius.

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