Now this should be something special, Jennifer Hudson is one hell of a talent and so her portraying the iconic Aretha Franklin feels like perfect casting! Today we’ve got the new teaser trailer for Respect and a whole host of new images for the film that’s released late 2020/early 2021.
Directed by Liesl Tommy, with her feature film debut with Respect – who was the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed – the film follows the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, check out the trailer now
As well as Hudson, there’s a stunning cast as well that includes Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler, 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.