Jennifer Hudson transforms into Aretha Franklin for new ‘Respect’ trailer

Brenda Watkins
July 1, 2020

Jennifer Hudson is a spot-on Aretha Franklin in the first teaser trailer for Respect, an upcoming biopic that traces the music icon's rise to fame.

The film is directed by Liesl Tommy from a script by Tracey Scott Wilson.

Respect covers the life of Aretha from singing as a child at her father's church's choir, to becoming an iconic superstar and civil rights activist.

Detroit-born Aretha carved out a 60-year trailblazing career, lending her richly powerful vocals to chart toppers such as Respect, I Say A Little Prayer and Angel to become one of music's bestselling artists. She elevated spirits and inspired viewers which led into a new look at the Aretha Franklin pic.

In the trailer sounds biggest hit Aretha Franklin Respect, in whose honor and named. Mary J Blige appears as singer Dinah Washington.

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Aretha died of pancreatic cancer in 2018 at the age of 76. To qualify for awards season, Respect will be getting a limited release on Christmas Day, and then will likely get a wide release at some point in January 2021.

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The film was originally scheduled to release in August, but was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jennifer is a ideal choice to play Aretha because of her incredible voice, but she was actually picked by the legend herself for the role shortly before Aretha's death almost two years ago.

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