‘RESPECT’ Trailer: Jennifer Hudson Shines As Aretha Franklin In Biopic

Published: Friday 20th Dec 2019 by Sam

Jennifer Hudson steps into the role of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin for her next big screen adventure ‘RESPECT.’ 

As reported, the Oscar and Grammy winner was handpicked by the legend to play her prior to her passing in 2018.

Set for release in 2020, the highly anticipated biopic chronicles the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her worldwide superstardom.

Directed by Liesl Tommy and co-produced by Harvey Mason Jr, ‘RESPECT’ tells the phenomenal true story of the diva’s journey to musical royalty.

Ahead of its release, watch the first teaser trailer for the flick – which co-stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, and Mary J. Blige – below…

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  1. Tori December 20, 2019

    Through this karaoke s*** AWAY, NEOOOOWWWW

    • Gworl Bye December 20, 2019

      Somebody needs to THROW you a book and teach you proper grammar.

      • Tori December 20, 2019

        Or you could go by your day and mind your f****** business, it’s a blog for f*** sake

  2. KingMark111 December 20, 2019

    If I have to hear HER loud voice, then it’s a no for me.

  3. Happy n Rich December 20, 2019

    I’m here for this. Perfect casting. The Queen of Soul was kind of a saucy, prickly personality. I hope Jennifer Hudson captures the essence of the real person and not just her stage persona.

  4. Anne December 20, 2019

    Sounds more like the Jennifer Hudson movie (vocal wise). Since Aretha’s voice is not featured in her own supposed film, I’m not interested. JH sounds good, but she is not Aretha. Aretha voice is too unique, known, and quintessential to who she was in the industry for her film to not feature her voice. The trailer features JH singing, but IMO the acting ability is much more important in portrayals. The fact that they seem to be placing the emphasis on Jennifer’s vocal ability is disappointing.

    • Gworl Bye December 20, 2019

      Aretha herself personally picked JHud to portray her, so your opinion is invalid.

      • Aretha fan December 20, 2019

        Aretha also originally wanted Halle Berry to portray her! Aretha’s fans opinion WILL matter if we skip the movie and wait for HBO. Aretha is a vocal icon and it’s very shortsighted for the producers not to use her original recordings for this movie. Just my opinion.

      • Divab December 20, 2019

        Sorry but JHud was not her 1st choice, she really wanted Halle Berry and said vocally they would use Aretha voice.

  5. War December 20, 2019

    NAILED IT…Perfect Cast

  6. pat December 20, 2019

    wish i could tell all I know..im one of her harshest critics on this movie….but i will say she pulls off aretha esque vocals better than this trailer shows so far

  7. DeanD December 20, 2019

    When this was coming together Aretha said they would use a mix of her singing and Jennifer’s singing, I hope that’s the case otherwise it’s just going to be a movie version of American Idol.

    • Anne December 20, 2019

      Okay, didn’t know that. I hope they at least use a nearly even mixture, if not majority Aretha, as well. But the only problem is Aretha unfortunately was not to still here to see that come to fruition, unlike Tina Turner who was blessed to live through the making of her movie wand was able to make sure that it featured her own very unique voice. If this movie does well, generations to come will see it, I think it’s important that they hear Aretha when they do.

  8. Bam December 20, 2019

    If they’re smart they’ll play this for November, December next year. Anytime earlier may hurt the films chances at Awards noms just ask Lupita.

    • Tori December 20, 2019

      Supposedly comes out October 2010, going against “Halloween Kills”. Might be pushed up though, Halloween has a HUGE, money splurging following.

  9. Danyboo December 20, 2019

    Nooooo put Aretha’s voice to it…

  10. #TheTruth December 20, 2019

    I think this is a good choice, she’s got the chops to do it.
    I’ll go watch that movie.

  11. Brent Christopher December 20, 2019

    Jennifer Hudson is a god AWFUL actress. She also OVER SINGS every song she performs. They only gave her that Oscar prematurely for performing AND IM TELLING YOU. It takes nothing for a black woman to get on screen and portray an “attitude”. Jennifer isn’t worthy of the Oscar or a Grammy. She stays booked for no reason. Her name doesn’t draw a mass audience. RESPECT won’t be a special cinematic project. All I hear is JHudd in this trailer & nothing about Aretha’a pure essence.

  12. art December 20, 2019

    Seeing this clip of @IAMJHUD as Aretha @RespectMovie gave me Dreamgirls all over again feat Aretha Franklin. It’s hard not to see Effie white , the singing , entire era, the make up , the costume … Effie White!! I’m still excited to see it though . Hopefully she slays!!! It should be Aretha’s voice tho much like they did for what’s love got to do with it…….

  13. A Star is Born December 20, 2019

    Effie White is that you?

  14. GG December 20, 2019

    I hate when they don’t use the artist actual voice when singing!!!!! I want to hear Aretha! Damn

  15. Yolanda December 20, 2019

    Clive Davis has no respect for his black female artists (Aretha and Whitney). Aretha’s voice should have been dubbed. Jennifer Hudson cannot control her voice. Her phrasing is awful.

  16. eric December 20, 2019

    Looks good!!

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