Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Starring Jennifer Hudson: In Theaters 8/13; Preview & See New Promotional Stills


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Respect, a new biopic celebrating the life and legacy of the late Aretha Franklin, was originally supposed to be released in January 2021, only to be pushed back to August 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the movie industry.

We’re now just 100 days away from that new release date, and anticipation is rising about the film, which stars Jennifer Hudson and was directed by Liesl Tommy, whom a news release note 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.

Here’s the official trailer for Respect, which premiered back in June:

The film’s official synopsis reads like this:

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.

A couple of new promotional still images from the film have also been debuted, and were shared on the film’s social media channels this week:

Said Hudson of channeling Aretha for this important role:

“Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, we know her as this legend but there is a story to everyone. Her life had so much depth to it, and it came through the music.”

The film’s principal cast:

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin
Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin
Marlon Wayans as Ted White
Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin
Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler
Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland
Kimberly Scott as Mama Franklin
Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin
Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin
Heather Headley as Clara Ward
Skye Dakota Turner as Young Aretha Franklin
Tate Donovan as John Hammond
and
Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington


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