Respect: What you need to know about the Aretha Franklin biopic

Elena Chabo
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From Good Housekeeping

Respect, a biopic on the life and career of the late great Aretha Franklin, was first announced in January 2018, just months before Franklin’s death. Lead star, the incredible Jennifer Hudson, was chosen for the role by Franklin herself before her passing. So to call it highly-anticipated would be an understatement.

Here's everything you need to know about cast, makers, trailer, release date and plot...

Respect, the Aretha Franklin film: Who's in it?

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson(Dream Girls) will be taking on role of icon Aretha Franklin, while the supporting cast includes some impressive names; Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan and Tituss Burgess.

Respect, the Aretha Franklin film: Who made the movie?

From MGM Studios, Liesl Tommy directed the film and Thelma & Louise and Nashville writer Callie Khouri wrote screenplay.

It's been produced by Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Bernstein and music producer Harvey Mason Jr., who worked with Aretha Franklin and also worked on Dreamgirls, the film that saw Hudson win an Academy Award for Best Support Actress.

Respect, the Aretha Franklin film: Official trailer

After an initial teaser trailer showing Hudson performing as Aretha Franklin, belting out the title song, a longer trailer has now been released. Watch the official trailer below:

Respect, the Aretha Franklin film: Release date

Film studio MGM initially announced Respect would be released on August 14, 2020. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's been pushed back to January 15 2021, a month after it's December 2020 US release date.

Respect, the Aretha Franklin film: What's it about?

Franklin’s career spanned six decades, from her first recordings as a young gospel singer to her last release, A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She scored countless hits, including Respect, which became an anthem of the civil rights and women's rights movements. She is one of the most honoured artists in Grammy Award history.

This biopic is expected to give the world a closer look into the star’s life from childhood, and an insight into what her music career was really like.

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