It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jennifer Hudson really light up the screen. Consider how she shined so brightly in the retro musical picture Dreamgirls. Now it seems that the Academy Award winner is heading back into similar territory with another musical biopic that is certainly going to garner some attention.
The upcoming film Respect will find Hudson playing the legendary singer Aretha Franklin, better known as the Queen of Soul. Hudson will take center stage in a film that will show off just how well she can sing to match the marvel of Franklin. But she’ll also be joined by Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, and Mary J. Blige. The film is being directed by Liesl Tommy, best known from television work on Mrs. Fletcher and The Walking Dead, making her feature directorial debut.
Check out the trailer and read the film synopsis below:
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.
Though originally scheduled for August, Respect is currently looking to have a theatrical debut of December 25th, 2020 in limited markets, with more of an Oscar-pushing wide release in January.