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Aretha Franklin Biopic 'Respect' is looking for a 'Young' Aretha (VIDEO)


Does your daughter, niece or little cousin have the pipes like a young Aretha Franklin? Well she may be in luck. The casting directors for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT are looking for a young darling to star opposite Jennifer Hudson.


According the website, the production is looking for an African American girl to play a charismatic child prodigy. The young actress will be playing between the ages of 10 to 14 and must sing well (a soaring gospel soprano to be exact). Playing the piano is plus but not a requirement.


As previously reported, RESPECT will follow the Queen of Soul from her humble beginnings as a singer in her father’s church to becoming one of the greatest voices of the 20th Century. RESPECT is being written by former Nashville creator Callie Khouri and is being directed by Liesl Tommy. Click here for audition information and good luck.


RESPECT debuts on August 14, 2020.

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.