In the first teaser for “Respect,” Jennifer Hudson belts Aretha Franklin’s signature song for the new biopic inspired by the late Queen of Soul’s life.
“Respect” is directed by Tony-nominee Liesl Tommy, and the film follows Aretha’s rise as a singer, first in her father’s church choir, to how she eventually attains international superstardom.
Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige all co-star in the film.
Liesl Tommy directed the film, while Nashville creator Callie Khouri penned the script.
Tradecrafts’ Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason Jr., a music producer who has worked with both Hudson and Franklin, produced the film.
In addition to “Respect,” the film will feature the songs “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Young, Gifted and Black,” “Ain’t No Way,” “Precious Lord,” “There’s a Fountain Filled With Blood,” “Amazing Grace” and “Chain of Fools.”
The late Franklin was involved in the project, which has been in development for many years.
Hudson isn’t the only actress playing Franklin next year. On the small screen, Cynthia Erivo will portray the Queen of Soul in the third season of National Geographic’s Genius, premiering in May.
Respect is set to hit theaters on Oct. 9, 2020.