Director: Anthony Hemingway

Writer(s): Suzan-Lori Parks

Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance, David Cross, Malcolm Barrett, Amanda Warren, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Marque Richardson, Sanai Victoria, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacey Sargeant, Aubriana Davis, Christina D. Miller, Patrice Covington, Todd Allen Durkin, Challedon Saltor, Bright Ayisi, Shaian Jordan, Kimberly Newsome, Ryan Anthony Williams, Arle Michel, Drake Strickland, Anthony M. Walker, Linda Hooks

Synopsis: Part of the NatGeo Genius series. The anthology series will explore Franklin’s musical genius, incomparable career and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she had around the world and will feature many of Franklin’s biggest recordings and hit songs from the comprehensive Warner Music catalog including “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “Chain of Fools,” “Don’t Play That Song,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Baby I Love You.” In addition, the series will feature Franklin’s performances of “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “Freeway of Love” and “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.”

Release Date: May 25, 2020 (USA) | Length: 43 min | Genre: Biography, History, Music | MPAA Rating: TV-14

Note: Suzan-Lori Parks is an executive producer and showrunner on this project. Filming set to begin in November 2019.


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