Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in the biopic’s official trailer Respect. Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson and Callie Khouri, Respect tells the story of the legendary singer and civil rights activist. The film’s title comes from the title of one of Franklin’s most memorable songs, a cover of Otis Redding’s hit “Respect”. You can watch the official trailer below.
Jennifer Hudson, who first rose to fame as a finalist on American idol, has been praised for her talents in both singing and acting. She made her screen debut in the 2006 musical Dream women with her role that earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Following this success, she would win a Grammy for Best R&B Album for her self-titled debut album. It’s hard to say she doesn’t have the credentials to play someone like Turner, and the trailer shows just how believable she really is in the role.
“What better way to get back to theaters than through the Queen of Soul?” Hudson recently told reporters of this Respectis due out this summer, via Billboard. “We can all come together. Your children love her. Your mother loves her, your grandparents … Take the family. It’s something we’ve all been waiting for, myself included, not just to share with the world, but for all to see. It’s a perfect movie and a perfect way to get back to the theater. “
Director Liesl Tommy added: “I made the movie to be seen on the big screen. I want to show our opulent locations. Our costumes are opulent and we worked on the design of the sound … It all had to conform to Mrs. Franklin; She embodied excellence and taste, so our movie has to live in that same place. I think there is something glorious about her journey, and … I need a little bit of glory in my life now, after Covid … I feel people will be healed by this movie. “
Sadly, the real Aretha Franklin died in 2018, but she knew Hudson would play her in a biopic. Prior to Franklin’s death, she had met with Hudson to discuss the role. Franklin personally chose Hudson to play her in Respect and was even the one who got the news to the young Grammy and Oscar winner himself.
“We met in New York and had a conversation about it,” explained Hudson. “There was no script at all. She wanted to meet me … [Franklin later] called me and said, “I’ve made my decision, and I want you to play me” – but don’t tell a soul! “Yes, ma’am, I won’t.” ”
Respect is scheduled for release in theaters on August 13, 2021. In addition to Hudson, the biopic also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore and Mary J. Blige. Meanwhile, music lovers can also look forward to many other biopics about popular musicians, including new movies about names like Joey Ramone, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Cher. The new official trailer comes from MGM Studios.