‘Respect’ First Look: Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker & More Shine In Aretha Franklin Biopic

Published: Thursday 15th Oct 2020 by Sam

Jennifer Hudson steps into the iconic shoes of Aretha Franklin in MGM‘s hotly anticipated biopic ‘Respect.’

Named after the legend’s classic of the same name, the film will chronicle the life of the trailblazer.

With Hudson being handpicked by Franklin herself, the film promises a candid look at one of music’s most revered talents.

Set for a limited theaters on December 25, ‘Respect’ will land in cinemas everywhere officially on January 15th (Martin Luther King weekend).

Before then, Entertainment Weekly have unveiled a number of stills from the Liesl Tommy directed film – which is already receiving Oscar buzz.

Head below to see Hudson in action alongside Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington, and more.

Check out the teaser trailer:

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[Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert / MGM]

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  1. Gre October 15, 2020

    JHud has an ugly whiney tone and she’s not the greatest actress. We shall see if she pulls this off. Pics don’t convince me.

    • Kemarie Maragh October 15, 2020

      And you have an ugly attitude and you dont have the nicest personality and certainly doesnt have taste of good talent

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    • Newg1950 October 19, 2020

      Somebody been drinking haterade

  2. i hate whhyy n blll bitchhzzz October 15, 2020

    why didn’t you get Jill Scott to play Aretha Franklin

    • Erica October 15, 2020

      Cause this is what Aretha wanted

      • i hate whhyy n blll bitchhzzz October 15, 2020

        then they should have told her to get Jill

    • Kemarie Maragh October 15, 2020

      She wanted oscar winning actress jennifer hudson only to play her . We all know as good as jill be she would’ve flopped it so just shut up and stop being a meanie and hater !! Jhud is aretha franklin and bite that if you dont like that . Periodtt

  3. DIVA October 15, 2020

    Yall don’t want Jhud to win, so bad….

    You thought she was done after idol, then came dreamgirls, then you all said she was done after that but she still stayed booked and now she is getting rave reviews for Aretha.

    Patti, Gladys, Aretha, Whitney, Mariah have co-signed on her talent, so we don’t really care what you say. Get over the fact that Fantasia didn’t get the role of Effie White, or Aretha, yall are so bitter…

    Jennifer Kate Hudson stays winning, and when she wins her Oscar, yall will be jumping on the bandwagon.

    • Kenneth Williams October 17, 2020

      Haven’t heard those waves you’re talking about.., actually the film is yet to be screened for critics.

  4. Danyboo October 15, 2020

    Cannot wait!!! I’ve seen this preview 100 times!

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  6. Gerald October 17, 2020

    The one and only Queen of Soul !!
    I can tell just by the powerful way that Jennifer sang “Ain’t no way”, that she is going to do great in this movie, as she did Dreamgirls. Can’t wait to see it.!!

  7. Ellouise Bullard October 18, 2020

    Cant hardy wait to se the wondetful Ms. Jenifer Hudson play the late Greatest Ms. Aretha Franklin. I just known she’ll not it out the park, already heard her sing one of my favor song (Ain’t No Way) by Aretha.

  8. Gwen October 19, 2020

    Can’ t wait to see it. I am so glad Aretha chose Jennifer Hudson because I don’ think anyone else could do her justice.

  9. Newg1950 October 19, 2020

    Somebody been drinking haterade

    • Newg1950 October 19, 2020

      Jennifer has that same gospel tone gutsy type voice that Aretha had.No one else could have pulled it off. That’s why Aretha chose her.

  10. Steven Kenyon October 19, 2020

    Jennifer Hudson’s voice is amazing and I find her captivating to watch. Good choice Aretha!

  11. Ricarda Clark October 20, 2020

    Jennifer Hudson’s voice is IS A SUPERB BLESSING 😇 !!! HER RANGE and VOCALS are OFF THE CHAIN !!! I TRULY agree, that there is NO ONE BETTER, to ” HONOR OUR QUEEN OF SOUL”
    like Jennifer Hudson !!!
    Can you tell that I’m a TRUE FAN
    😲…😁 ???

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