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South African Director Liesl Tommy Is Set to Helm Aretha Franklin Biopic, 'Respect'

MGM Pictures is moving ahead on the film chronicling the Queen of Soul's life.

South Africa's Liesl Tommy, the director of Eclipsedthe first Broadway play featuring an all-black, all-women cast—has been tapped to direct MGM Pictures' Aretha Franklin biopic, Ebony reports.

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'Eclipsed' Playwright Danai Gurira and Producers Honored for Their Groundbreaking Work

'Eclipsed' playwright Danai Gurira and producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey continue to make Broadway history.

Eclipsed made history when it debuted on Broadway earlier this year for bringing some much-needed diversity to the “Great White Way.” Written by Zimbabwean-American actor, playwright and star of The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira, the powerful drama tells the story of five women during the Second Liberian Civil War.

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