• Ed Gaines

Aretha Franklin's Son Blasts Jennifer Hudson's 'Respect'

Aretha Franklin's youngest son is slamming MGM's upcoming biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, contending that he and his children have had no input on the film about his late mother.

Kecalf Franklin wrote on Facebook, "How can you make a movie about a person and not talk to the persons sons or grandchildren about important information?"

"Respect" began filming last fall and is scheduled for Oct. 18 release. As Kecalf Franklin acknowledged in his post, Hudson was handpicked for the lead role by the Queen of Soul.

He wrote, "Everything else is being done against our wishes. The Franklin family (does not) support the movie that is in production!" 

Aretha Franklin's longtime attorney and lead counsel for the estate disputed the idea that Kecalf Franklin was a voice for all of Aretha Franklin's heirs.

"He does not speak for the family," the attorney said. "I know he doesn't speak for his brother Ted White or his brother Clarence Franklin. The grandchildren have absolutely nothing to do with this. What he's really doing is talking for himself."

Court filings this summer from White and Clarence Franklin backed Owens in her role as the estate's personal representative. 


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