Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans join cast of Aretha Franklin biopic - The Sauce
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Da Squeeze

Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans join cast of Aretha Franklin biopic

Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans have joined the cast of the Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’.

American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Park West Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, March 23, 1992. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

The pair are set to star alongside Jennifer Hudson – who will play the late Queen of Soul – in the upcoming movie which will follow Aretha’s rise to fame in the 1960s and 1970s and will also show her abusive marriage to Ted White, who she married when she was just 19.

Whitaker, 58, will play Franklin’s Baptist minister and preacher father who was unfaithful to his wife, while Wayans, 47, is set to star as White.

Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Marc Maron, Tate Donavan and Tituss Burgess are also set to star in the biopic, which will be directed by Liesl Tommy.

Newcomer Skye Dakota Turner – who appeared on Broadway as Young Anna Mae in ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ – will portray a young Aretha.

Liesl said: “I am thrilled with the incredibly talented cast we have assembled for our film, and I’m so proud that Ms. Franklin entrusted us to tell her story and to share it with the world. As a storyteller, hers is the kind of story we all dream of telling. Her music has inspired me since I was a little girl, and the milestones of her life and career have shown us all how to strive and thrive.

“To have this powerhouse group of actors – and the phenomenal talent of Jennifer Hudson in this iconic role – means we have the chance of making this film as transcendent as her glorious life and legacy.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Some More Sauce...


Kenyans on Twitter woke up to an explicit video that has since gone viral. In the video, a woman who is known on social...

Da Squeeze

Kenyan beauty Tanasha Donna Oketch recently opened up about her life. The 24 year old former radio presenter, musician and mother of one is...


Ugandan TV journalist Simon Kaggwa Njala’s face has got to be one of the memed faces of 2019.   But how did this Ugandan...

Da Squeeze

Who remembers the time when sex was simple. Well, nowadays there are a lot of weird fetishes that we can’t even keep track of...


The Free Mason society is known to be secretive and very private, but not anymore it may seem. The Freemason society based in Nairobi...

Da Squeeze

Kenya has a robust matatu culture and some people around the world love it. Award winning American singer and dancer Chris Brown yesterday (23.03.20)...

Da Squeeze

Is there a woman making your heart skip a beat? She might be a secret woman of your life.  Most women love, but they...

Da Squeeze

Kenyans on Twitter are not to be messed with, they bring guns to a knife fight. The hard-hitting K.O.T recently got into a Twitter...