Thursday, August 11, 2022

Online Casting Search Seeks Actress/Singer for Role of Young Aretha Franklin in Biopic

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*Casting is underway for who will play the tween Aretha Franklin in a biopic starring Jennifer Hudson.

An online casting search has been announced and one young, unknown performer could score their big break into Hollywoodland. 

MGM is accepting online audition submissions for the role of Franklin in her early years for the film “Respect,” which is set to it theaters next year.

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Aretha Franklin performs during the live recording of her multiplatinum 1972 album "Amazing Grace."
Aretha Franklin as she appears in the newly released documentary “Amazing Grace.”

The project is seeking a lack American actress/singer between age 10 to 14. Candidates must sing gospel “with a soaring soprano voice and the ability to play the piano is a plus,” per the Detroit Free Press

Before her death in August 2018, Franklin personally selected Hudson to play her in a biopic.

The film’s producer, Harvey Mason Jr., told the Free Press that he and Franklin spent “countless hours” on the phone discussing the movie, which songs “really told her story”  and “what stories she felt were important and what really made her who she is.”

“Respect” is being directed by Liesl Tommy, who is also set to direct the film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s biography, “Born A Crime,” starring Lupita Nyong’o.

“Respect” arrives in theaters Aug. 14, 2020.

Here’s the link with all the info about the online casting search:


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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