WATCH: Jennifer Hudson starring as Aretha Franklin in upcoming biopic titled 'Respect'

Movie News 01/07/2020

A trailer for an Aretha Franklin biopic has been released. Starring Jennifer Hudson as Franklin, the upcoming biopic titled Respect will hit the cinemas in December this year.

Named after one of Franklin's 1967 hit song of the same name, the trailer made its debut during the 2020 BET Awards last Sunday. The film will feature other stars like Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Tate Donovan, Mary J. Blige and many others. Respect was directed by Liesl Tommy.

Watch the trailer below.

Hudson shared her experience after the crew wrapped up their filming in February, expressing how overwhelmed she is at the time and is extremely grateful to be chosen by Aretha herself to be in the film. "It was my honor , to honor the Queens request! The one and only Queen of soul #ArethaFranklin #respectMovie."

The actress also delivered a stunning performance of Franklin's 'Young, Gifted and Black' during BET's virtual awards ceremony.

Hudson had previously won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006) and portrayed as Grizabella in the 2019 film adaptation of Cats.

Franklin had passed away in August 2018 at the age of 76 after a long battle against pancreatic cancer.