Watch Jennifer Hudson Transform Into Aretha Franklin In “Respect” First Trailer
Aretha Franklin’s Biopic “Respect” is almost here and we cannot wait! MGM on Sunday released the trailer to the long-awaited Aretha Franklin Biopic “Respect”.
In it, Jennifer Hudson hits bone-chilling notes, proving again she was perfectly cast to do justice to the Queen of Soul’s legacy.
The film follows the story of young Aretha’s career rise from singing in her father’s church to becoming an international superstar.
In the trailer, vocal power-house Jennifer Hudson belts out the song the film is named after between intercut scenes of Aretha Franklin working hard to build her career and demanding respect while at it.
Before her death in 2018, Franklin was involved in the making of the film and handpicked Jennifer Hudson to portray her in her biopic.
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The movie also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Marc Maron, and Kimberly Scott. Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige are also part of the cast.
The film is directed by Liesl Tommy, the first black female director to win a Tony Award award for best direction of a play in 2016.
This will be her first feature film having worked in television helming episodes of “Mrs. Fletcher,” “Queen Sugar,” “The Walking Dead,” “Jessica Jones,” “Insecure,” and “Dietland.”
“Respect” is written by Tracey Scott Wilson, who also is also a television mainstay. She’s worked on the “Fosse/Verdon.” “Traitors,” and “The American” projects.
The trailer was first shown during the BET awards held virtually on the 28 of June. During the award show, Jennifer Hudson performed late Franklin’s ” Young, gifted and black”. The film will premiere in December.
Watch trailer below
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