- Liesl Tommy was named the director of a new Aretha Franklin biopic
- Jennifer Hudson will star in the biopic as Aretha Franklin
- She was the first black woman to get a Tony award nomination for best direction for a play
SA-born Liesl Tommy is making a name for herself in Hollywood. Earlier this month, She was named the director of a new biopic of US songstress, Aretha Franklin, which is set to star Jennifer Hudson.
Less than a year ago, Liesl was chosen to direct the film adaptation of Trevor Noah's autobiography, Born a Crime.
TimesLive recently reported that Liesl is still in shock from the decision and that it was such a long and competitive process. Liesl told the Sunday Times that she is compartmentalising the reality of what had happened and the amount of work that still has to follow.
Liesl left SA with her parents at the age of 15 when apartheid was still rife. However the film director said she doesn't mind the country claiming her as its own.
She is very hush hush about the Trevor Noah movie, which is still being researched and written, but was very happy to reveal that a South African screenwriter has been announced.
She also commented that Noah is an extremely generous human being in the way he allowed both the screenwriter and her access to information.
Lisel compared his book to the film and said that they wanted to cover more of his life from outside the book into the movie.
For those of you who didn't know, Liesl has spent years working in the theatre, television and film industry in Hollywood.
She has many accolades which include adapting the Disney film, Frozen into a theatrical production and also directing episodes of Insecure, The Walking Dead and Queen Sugar.
Three months ago, Briefly.co.za reported on Trevor Noah's book review and summary.
Trevor Noah's role as the host of the late-night show on Comedy Central called The Daily Show surely thrust him to a wider audience than before.
In 2016, Trevor published and released his book, Born a Crime, that hinges on his stand-up style of message delivery, but his accounts here are raw and personal.
The Trevor Noah book should be a good read, especially if you want an in-depth understanding of the apartheid era through the eyes of a person whose birth violated every rule on the land.
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