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

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

Jennifer Hudson takes the lead in Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, that's heading to cinemas in January - and here's the trailer for the movie.

Get ready for the goosebumps, "cause Academy Award victor Jennifer Hudson looks and sounds a-Mazing as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the new Hollywood film 'RESPECT". The official teaser trailer just dropped and it may give you chills as you hear Hudson's powerful voice deliver one of the "Queen of Soul's" most iconic songs.


The video features Franklin interacting with various men in the music industry, asserting herself as a black women during a turbulent historical era.

Aretha Franklin was involved in the development of the film up until her death in August 2018.


The producers are Scott Bernstein (Straight Outta Compton) and multiple Grammy-nominated producer Harvey Mason Jr.(Dreamgirls), who has produced music for both Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson. A year ago she sang a rendition of Franklin's 1968 hit Ain't No Way on stage at the tribute concert, Aretha! Tate Donovan stars as John Hammond and Mary J. Blige plays Dinah Washington. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play "The Good Negro" written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. It's now scheduled to open in US theatres on December 25.

Respect was originally scheduled to release in August but due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the release of the movies has been pushed to Christmas with a limited release in the U.S. and worldwide releasing on January 15, 2021.


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