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MGM has set stage director Liesl Tommy to direct Respect, the feature film about music icon Aretha Franklin. Oscar winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to play her, and Nashville creator Callie Khouri is writing. Liesl is the first black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play. The film covers the life of the late Franklin from singing as a child in her father's church's choir to becoming an iconic superstar and…