Lodric D. Collins To Play Smokey Robinson In Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’; Vincent Pastore Joins ‘The Birthday Cake’; Michael Braun In ‘Deep Water’

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Lodric D. Collins To Play Smokey Robinson In Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’; Vincent Pastore Joins ‘The Birthday Cake’; Michael Braun In ‘Deep Water’
Lodric D. Collins, who currently stars in Bet’s The Oval series, is set to play Motown artist Smokey Robinson in the MGM/Bron Creative Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. Liesl Tommy is directing the film which has Jennifer Hudson starring as the legendary singer. Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron. Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Heather Headley, and Tate Donovan also co-star. The film will track the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom. Scott Bernstein and multiple Grammy-nominated producer Harvey Mason Jr. are producing the pic. Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth are executive producers. Production began last month and the film will be released on Aug. 14, 2020, in the U.S. with Universal handling overseas. Collins, whose credits include Grimm, Z Nation, and The Haves and the Have Nots,
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