Friday, May 7, 2021

Jennifer Hudson Speaks Out After Wrapping Production on Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’


*Jennifer Hudson shared recently that she was “overwhelmed” with emotion after wrapping production on the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect.”

“It is officially a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it’s done!” Hudson shared on Instagram (see post below). “Too overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream! It was my honor, to honor the Queen’s request! The one and only Queen of Soul.”

Prior to her death from pancreatic cancer at age 76, the music icon handpicked Hudson for the role. In 2018, the “American Idol” winner sang “Amazing Grace” at Franklin’s funeral.

“We were in talks a long time about me playing her,” Hudson said in an interview with Sunday Today (via PEOPLE). “So I just hope I make her proud [and] do her justice.”

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“Respect” follows Franklin’s life from her early days singing in her father’s church, to becoming a music legend. 

Hudson co-stars in the film with Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, and Mary J. Blige.

Hudson previously said she hopes to make Aretha Franklin “proud” with her portrayal of the late music icon in the upcoming biopic. 

“I just hope I make her proud [and] do her justice,” Hudson told Sunday Today. “I am just taking it one step at a time, one day at a time. All I want to do is pay tribute to her and meet her requests, you know? Like, ‘Aretha said do this?’ — ‘Yes, ma’am.’”

She added, “Those are huge shoes to fill.”

UPdate!!

Jennifer Hudson’s Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” has been pushed back from its October 9 release for a limited Christmas Day debut.

According to Deadline, from there, the film will expand January 8 with a wide theatrical release January 15, which is MLK weekend.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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