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Jennifer Hudson Is Aretha Franklin In "Respect" Movie

Photo Courtesy of MGM Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in "Respect" Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is creating ...

Photo Courtesy of MGM

Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in "Respect"

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is creating buzz as big as her talent with the new trailer and never before seen images from her upcoming movie "Respect" where she plays the powerhouse Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

"Respect" will follow the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom. It is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with "Respect." Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an Associate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar winner for Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson who also wrote the screenplay. Aretha Franklin, who tragically passed away in 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, was a producer on the film.  

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert courtesy of MGM

Jennifer Hudson and Director Liesl Tommy on the set of "Respect"

The biopic also stars Marc Maron (Jerry Wexler), Mary J. Blige (Dinah Washington), Forest Whitaker (C.L. Franklin), Marlon Wayans (Ted White), Audra McDonald (Barbara Franklin), Tate Donovan (John Hammond), Tituss Burgess (Reverend Dr. James Cleveland) and Sky Dakota Turner (Young Aretha Franklin). 

"Respect" was originally slated for theaters in August but was pushed back due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The film will now be in theaters on limited release on December 25th.

Take a look at never before seen photos of Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin and the amazing cast of the movie. You can also check out the official trailer below! 

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert courtesy of MGM

Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige in "Respect"

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert courtesy of MGM

Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans in "Respect"

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert courtesy of MGM

Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker in "Respect"

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert courtesy of MGM

Jennifer Hudson in "Respect"

Official Movie Trailer For "Respect":



Official Movie Poster for "Respect" 
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