Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Starring Jennifer Hudson Pushed Back to August 2021 Release


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Respect, the anticipated biopic telling the larger-than-life tale of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, has officially been delayed an additional seven months, with MGM/United Artists pushing its scheduled release back from January 2021 to August.

The film, starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, shared its teaser trailer back in late June:

Per Deadline, Respect was originally set to debut on Christmas Day as a platform release, before being pushed to January 15 to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The latest result, ostensibly in response to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the state of the film and entertainment industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has the film now slated for release on Aug. 13, 2021.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect looks to be a definitive retrospective on the unparalleled life and career of Aretha Franklin, who passed away in 2017 (and don’t forget, Aretha herself personally chose Hudson to play her in the film, again per Deadline).

Per the film’s official description:

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige.

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