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Music legends don’t come any bigger than Aretha Franklin, and the Queen of Soul is the next mega star to be given a musical biopic treatment.
Respect is an upcoming American biographical drama film based on the life of Aretha Franklin, an American artist. Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige star in the film, which is directed by Liesl Tommy.
Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, died in 2018 at the age of 76. Her hits included Think, You Make Me Feel Like a Normal Woman, Respect, and Chain of Fools.
This biopic recounts the story of iconic American singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson) as she struggles to make a name in the music business in America in the 1960’s.
Playing Aretha Franklin might be a difficult challenge, but Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is up to the task, and she recently announced that she was hand-picked for the part by Franklin herself.
“I know that Aretha was adamant that her life will be a film,” Jennifer Hudson, who plays Aretha, told Entertainment Weekly. It is nothing if it’s not a video. I am just grateful she chose me to play her. Who would say why, after all? And, once again, I would not have done it without her permission.”
The film was initially scheduled to be released on August 14, 2020, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed back to January 15, 2021, until a further delay was announced in October 2020, will be released in theater August 13, 2021.
The film will reportedly trace Franklin’s career from church choir days to super stardom in the 1960s, including some of the icon’s greatest hits, which will reportedly conclude in 1972, when Aretha Franklin released her iconic album Amazing Grace.
Audra MacDonald, who plays Aretha Franklin’s mother in the film, has stated that the film will dive into the darkest moments of the soul singer’s life, which might intrigue some people who grew up listening to her voice.
The first trailer debuted on the 29th of June 2020, at the BET Awards and saw Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayann and Marc Maron in their supporting roles, with a clip from Hudson singing one of Franklin’s most famous songs in which the film gets its title “Respect” from.
Here is the trailer showing Hudson, delivering one of Franklin most famous lines : “You have got to disturb the peace, when you can’t get no peace.”