Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘RESPECT’ Starring Jennifer Hudson Open Casting Call

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Sing' held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, USA on December 3, 2016. - Image (Editorial credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)

MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect‘ is now casting in New York City.

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming on scenes between November 1st through the 5th in New York.

Producers are seeking the following types:

  • -1960s African-American Female Friends of Principal Actress (18-20s age range, works 11/1 & 11/5 matching)
  • -1960s African-American Cute Boys (18-20s age range, works 11/1 & 11/5 matching)
  • -1960s Very Young African-American Female Prostitutes (18 + to look younger, works 11/2 exterior)

About RESPECT:

Aretha Franklin Biopic
MONTREAL, CANADA – OCTOBER 9, 2018: Rolling Stone magazine in a hand over a stack of magazines with Aretha Franklin on the front cover. Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine – Image Editorial credit: dennizn / Shutterstock.com

Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Mary J. Blige will star in the upcoming MGM Aretha Franklin biopic with Jennifer Hudson playing the legendary singer.

“Respect” will open in theaters on Aug. 14, 2020. Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason Jr., who has produced music for both Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson, are producing the film.

How to apply:

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking the following for featured background work on the feature film RESPECT:

-1960s African-American Female Friends of Principal Actress (18-20s age range, works 11/1 & 11/5 matching)

-1960s African-American Cute Boys (18-20s age range, works 11/1 & 11/5 matching)

-1960s Very Young African-American Female Prostitutes (18 + to look younger, works 11/2 exterior)

Please note:
-Must be 18 or older to work
-Must be local to NY tri-state area
-Must have valid, unexpired, unrestricted US-issued ID to work
-All men must be clean shaven & be willing to get a 1960s hair cut
-All women must have 1960s appropriate hair (no braids, dreads, weaves, extensions, ombre, unnatural colors, etc)
-NO visible tattoos
-Must be ok working around atmospheric smoke

Please email [email protected] with:
-what role are you submitting for?
-name
-union status
-avail for dates for your role
-all sizes: MEN- height, weight, suit, shirt, pants, and shoe / WOMEN- height, weight, bust-waist-hip, dress, and shoe
-2-3 recent candid photos/selfies showing your current hair and look (please include close up and full body photos)
-confirm you are over 18
-MEN- are you ok getting a hair cut? are you ok being clean shaven?
-do you have visible tattoos?
-confirm ok working around atmospheric smoke
-what ID can you provide for your I9? (please note if you have a visa or restricted ID or any kind?)
-phone number

Please write in the subject line: “FACEBOOK, RESPECT SUBMISSION.”

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Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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