‘Respect’: Aretha Franklin’s Biopic, Starring Jennifer Hudson, To Premiere Summer 2020

Published: Monday 11th Mar 2019 by Rashad

As we reported here, MGM‘s much touted Aretha Franklin biopic, ‘Respect,’ is coming together at quite a hurried pace.

Just five months after the Queen of Soul’s passing, reports surfaced Academy and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson would be assuming the role of the late legend in the film while lauded Broadway director Liesl Tommy has been appointed to helm and its script to be penned by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri.

Already in production, the flick’s highly anticipated premiere date has been revealed.  See it inside:

Premiere Date:  August 14, 2020

‘Respect’ will chronicle the life of Franklin  from singing as a child in her father’s church’s choir to becoming an iconic superstar and civil rights activist.

Tommy said in a statement:

“The story of Aretha Franklin’s journey from child prodigy in Detroit to international supernova is rife with struggle and triumph, making her life one of the great American stories of all time. As a filmmaker there is no greater gift than to be able to bring this transcendent chronicle of a woman’s fight for self-realization to visual life with the enormous talents of the soulful Jennifer Hudson, Callie Khouri, and our incredible producers.”

Hudson, who was handpicked by Franklin for the role, added:

“It is an absolute honor to be a part of bringing Ms. Franklin’s story to audiences who adore her around the world. She is one of the most iconic and talented artists of all time and what a dream come true it is to portray her extraordinary life on screen.” 

Musically, the project will also benefit from the talents of Grammy winning producer Harvey Mason Jr, who has worked with both Franklin and Hudson in the past.  ‘Respect’ is one of many theatrical productions set to hit screens in honor of the 17-time Grammy winner.  Click here to see the trailer for the ‘Amazing Grace’ documentary.

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  1. Fancy BISH March 11, 2019

    This is definitely JHud’s lane 🤳🏽 Slay down! #SheGotThis

  2. Jeans March 11, 2019

    This is gonna be goo! I love biopics!

  3. SuxMyCockiness 😮 March 11, 2019

    Yes! love this choice of casting! 😄 Lol I remember back in the the day when Aretha said she wanted Hallie Berry to play her. What a terrible choice that would have been. 😂

  4. Brent Christopher March 11, 2019

    Jennifer Hudson is NOT an actress!

    The Oscar was totally undeserved, if we are being 100% honest.

    People got caught up in her rendition of, “AND IM TELLING YOU”

    … but the role she played in Dreamgirls did not require anything more than the same day to day ATTITUDE that any black woman could pull off. it was no stretch.

    • Mariahisthebaddest March 11, 2019

      Being a actress is living that role, Jennifer BECAME effie. She played that role better than most actresses/actors play their roles.
      It was so well deserved. Every song and every vocal she gave was AMAZING.
      What a sad little hater you are.

    • Kurtz March 12, 2019

      Lies lies lies and more lies (Aretha voice)
      She was incredible in DreamGirls
      It was very very WELL deserved! And I can’t wait for the Aretha Movie!

  5. Felicia April 29, 2019

    I think Fantasia’s voice is closer and she would have done a much better job. Plus Fantasia and Aretha are more synced in their lives. Jennifer Hudson is good but her voice does not match.

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