Aretha Franklin musical biopic 'Respect' gets trailer

  • Aretha Franklin musical biopic 'Respect' gets trailer

Aretha Franklin musical biopic 'Respect' gets trailer

The first trailer for Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Oscar victor Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, has been released ahead of the film reaching cinemas next year.

Jennifer Hudson plays the music legend. According to the film's synopsis: "Aretha Franklin sings in her father's church choir as a child and grows up to become an worldwide musical superstar and legend". The biopic follows Aretha's story from her early days as a gospel singer in Detroit, Michigan to ultimately becoming the undisputed Queen of Soul! It will then expand January 8, 2021 in theaters with a full-on wide release January 15, which is Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

The Queen of Soul was a part of the film's production up until her death in 2018.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, we not only get to see Hudson in action but also Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington. Through her storied career, which began in 1966 after she signed to Atlantic Records, she earned 17 Grammy awards and many other accolades. It will now have a limited release in the US on Christmas Day, before a full wide release on January 15.