"You got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace," Jennifer Hudson says as Aretha Franklin in the electrifying new trailer for Respect.
While the Oscar winner recently teased her amazing rendition in a short teaser, this longer video gives us more glimpses of Hudson as the Queen of Soul, from her glamorous stage performances to her work and impact on the Civil Rights movement. Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, and Marc Maron round out the biopic's cast.
The Respect trailer debuted after Hudson's performance of "Young, Gifted and Black" at Sunday's virtual BET Awards.
Respect, directed by Liesl Tommy, tracks Franklin’s life as she goes from a child singing in her father’s church choir to an international superstar. The film also features Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, and Heather Headley.
Franklin actually hand-picked Hudson to portray her on screen before her death in 2018, but the Dreamgirls star isn't the only big name transforming into the Queen of Soul this year. Cynthia Erivo will play Franklin in National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, but the anthology series has postponed its Memorial Day premiere due to COVID-19.
Respect will land in theaters later this year.
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