*Jennifer Hudson is one busy actress/singer. She’s got a role in “Cats” which is opening this weekend and she’s starring as the late Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic.
That biopic is called “Respect” and it just so happens that the first trailer has been released and all we can say is homegirl is slaying her role as Aretha!
Picking Hudson for the role was a damn good call. In fact, after Halle Berry declined the role, J-Hud became Aretha’s ultimate choice to portray her on the silver screen.
Basically, “Respect” follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.
Here’s what director Liesl Tommy had to say about the film:
“I’m halfway through shooting this baby. I can’t wait for y’all to see her when she’s done. We’re all pouring our hearts and souls into telling the Queens story!”
Besides Jennifer Hudson, “Respect” stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige. Heather Headley is also lending her voice in the film.
Look for “Respect” in theaters in October of 2020.