Extended Trailer: ‘Respect’ [Aretha Franklin Biopic Starring Jennifer Hudson]

Published: Wednesday 19th May 2021 by Sam

Jennifer Hudson is heading back to the big screen and this time as the legendary Aretha Franklin in the hotly anticipated biopic ‘Respect.’

Handpicked for the role by the Queen of Soul herself, Hudson is already attracting awards buzz for her portrayal of one of the most resonating talents of all time.

Spearheaded by MGM, the Liesl Tommy movie arrives in US theaters on August 11.

When it does, it promises to deliver a raw and unvarnished take on the life of Franklin, who died three years ago.

After the unleashing on an initial look at the film, an extended trailer has been unwrapped and it’s epic.

Watch J.Hud in action alongside co-stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige, and more below…

Check out new stills from the film:

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: MGM / Quantrell D. Colbert]

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  1. Section8DaGreat May 19, 2021

    All I see is Jennifer Hudson. They could’ve at least got her to lip sync to Aretha’s voice because I can’t see Aretha AT ALL.

  2. Your Name May 19, 2021

    This doesn’t look good. The Genius series was brilliant. The actors embodied their characters to a tee. God bless the queen but Jennifer wasn’t a good choice.

    • Dc May 19, 2021

      Genius was a flop next Cynthia was terrible

      • BOW DOWN May 19, 2021

        Yeah I didn’t like the Genius series either and felt the embodiment of Aretha just wasn’t there. I felt like I was watching Gladys Knight being portrayed instead.

      • Pearl May 19, 2021

        Genius wasn’t a flop at all and the entire cast was phenomenal. At least Cynthia studied Arethas mannerisms. She had her shy, short demeanor downpact. Courtney Vance as Rev C.L. Franklin, remarkable! The young man who played James Cleveland, it was almost creepy how he looked and sounded just like him! Jennifer Hudson appears to be playing herself.

  3. eric May 19, 2021

    It started great, and then seeing Mary J. and Marlon made me laugh. I couldn’t take it seriously after that.

    • Dc May 19, 2021

      Mary j blige is an Oscar nominated actress so take that serious dumb ass

      • eric May 19, 2021

        The same Academy that had a 51% drop in viewership this year because most everyone but you sees through the charade?

    • BOW DOWN May 19, 2021

      Regardless of what the Oscars current ratings looks like, that has nothing to do with Mary. She was nominated, not once but TWICE, and that is that.

      • Dc May 19, 2021


    • Dc May 19, 2021

      Stfu critic Mary j blige was nominated for an Oscar golden globe and sag award all are major awards and if Mary wasn’t a good actress don’t think she would’ve got nominated for acting so keep hating at the end of day she don’t have nothing to prove to your hatin ass probably a failed actor that never made it

  4. Juicee May 19, 2021

    It’s giving Effie White 2021

  5. Slick May 19, 2021

    It feels like this movie has taken 10 years to make. Love Jud so hope this is good.

  6. Clarks0o00ñ May 19, 2021

    Typical by the books biopic. Nothing fresh or innovative.

    Jennifer will probably be nominated for awards because she is black and awards needs diversity.

    • Nicky May 19, 2021


      You sound like a person who makes excuses for others success


      Why won’t Camicky get any acting nominations ? Oops. It’s going straight to DVD

      • UHoesFunny May 19, 2021

        And straight into the archives 😂😂😂

      • Clarks0o00ñ May 19, 2021

        Normani stan= ur opinion doesn’t matter
        When ur girl releases an album then u can speak to me, but until then everything u say is viod. 😌💅

        U literally stan a girl with 1 solo song that tanked after all the hype.
        The delusion is strong in u

  7. KeyLoLo May 19, 2021

    I could have sworn this movie already came out…anyway I just see Jennifer Hudson playing dress up for karaoke week 🤷 ..I don’t see anything Aretha when I viewed that trailer.

  8. UHoesFunny May 19, 2021

    Although good actress..Jennifer Hudson is one of those actors that play as herself in her movies. Not a bad thing, many actors are like this and are notable and successful from it, I’m sure this will still do well.

  9. Fancy BISH (FCK Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 May 19, 2021

    This looks GOOD, I don’t know WHAT y’all are talking about lol 🤳🏽 Big budget, Jennifer looks focused, Aretha wanted her, the Queen hath spoken, so bye lol 😂 🎥 💯

  10. WRTW? May 19, 2021

    Is this dream girls part 2 Effies story?

  11. Roberta FlackSabbath May 19, 2021

    The Genius TV show couldn’t even get the rights to use “Respect” and other big Aretha songs. Aretha would have hated the TV show because SHE didn’t okay it. She handpicked Jennifer Hudson to play her. Could you imagine if acting hack Beyonce had gotten this role?

  12. Jacqueline Seymore September 4, 2021

    I love the picture Aretha (Respect). It was very enjoyable. I even seen it on my Belt on my T V. It made me cry threw the picture. Jennier Hudson played Aretha very well. I enjoyed the picture very well. Thank you

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