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We’ve known since January of 2018 that Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (below) would be playing Aretha Franklin in the movie about the triumphant and sometimes turbulent life of the late Queen of Soul. That’s great casting. Now the rest of the biopic’s cast has been revealed.

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The film is called Respect. What else? Some of the other stars who have signed on to appear in it include, Academy Award-winner Forest Whittaker as Aretha’s father;  Audra McDonald as her mother; and Marlon Wayans, who’ll play Ted White, Aretha’s abusive first husband, whom she married when she was 19. Marc Maron has been cast as Atlantic Records music producer Jerry Wexler, and Mary J. Blige will play singer Dinah Washington.

As a fan of movies about people in music, I can’t wait to see this one. If it’s anything like What’s Love Got to Do with ItRay, Bohemian Rhapsody, or Rocketman, we’re in for a treat.

Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy, the first black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination for best direction of a play. She has also directed some episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The film is expected to open in theaters next summer.