Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in new biopic trailer

Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in new biopic trailer

The Dreamgirls Oscar victor is gunning for her second trophy with Respect, an upcoming biopic about Aretha Franklin in which Hudson will play the Queen of Soul and sing her legendary songs.

Watch the trailer below.

"RESPECT" is set to hit theaters this December.

The producers are Scott Bernstein (Straight Outta Compton) and multiple Grammy-nominated producer Harvey Mason Jr.(Dreamgirls), who has produced music for both Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson. The trailer delves into Franklin's embracing of her confidence and her voice as a leading activist for civil rights.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, we not only get to see Hudson in action but also Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington.

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This project is separate from the one National Geographic season of "Genius" starring Cynthia Erivo as Franklin, set to debut sometime in late 2020.

"Respect" was originally scheduled for release on August 14 before being pushed to October 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Queen of Soul was a part of the film's production up until her death in 2018.

The long-awaited film follows Franklin's life from singing in her father's church, to becoming one of the most legendary musicians of all time.

Respect is due for release on January 22, 2021.

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