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Jennifer Hudson Will Give You Chills for the Upcoming Aretha Franklin Biopic

“You got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace,” Jennifer Hudson says as Aretha Franklin in the magnificent and well-done new trailer for ‘Respect’.

The first full trailer for “Respect,” the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic which will be played by the superstar, Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, will give justice in the film. The preview of the movie was released Sunday night after the stunning and soulful Hudson’s performance at the BET Awards, which celebrated its 20th anniversary through virtual awarding ceremony. 

Aretha Franklin actually chosen Hudson to portray her biopic on screen before she finally departed last 2018. But the Dreamgirls actress is not the only one who will be transforming into the Queen of Soul because Cynthia Erivo has been chosen to portray Franklin in National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, but the anthology series has set to close on its Memorial Day premiere due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Liesl Tommy directed the film and was bounded to land and open in theaters October 9, but was rescheduled once again to a limited Christmas Day holiday and to be followed by of a long January 8 and a wide opening on January 15, which will be the time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. It is very normal for us to expect a major awards to be given being to Hudson, who previously bagged the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her prolific and breathtaking performance “Dreamgirls.” 

As for the Liesl Tommy, this is the first feature from director, who’s exerted his career in television and making the episodes of “Mrs. Fletcher,” “Queen Sugar,” “The Walking Dead,” “Jessica Jones,” “Insecure,” and “Dietland.” “Respect” is written by Tracey Scott Wilson, who also worked for several years in the Television and having written scripts for several shows and series such as “Fosse/Verdon.” “Traitors,” and “The Americans.”

The film will reveal the struggles and success in Franklin’s life and career. When she was younger, she started as a young gospel singer in Detroit and was discovered by a talent scout and gave her the avenue to achieve her dreams. The latter went to signing to Atlantic Records in 1966, belting out the massive hit after hit including “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” With her sultry and soulful entertainment value, she was named the Queen of Soul before the 1966 has ended. Franklin died in age of 76 leaving a bountiful legacy of career that respectively earned 17 Grammy awards and being active in civil rights activism and advocacy. 

The film’s cast also includes Forest Whitaker as her father C.L. Franklin, Audra McDonald as her mother Barbara Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Aretha Franklin’s first husband Ted White, Mary J. Blige as musician and singer Dinah Washington, Gilbert Glenn Brown as Martin Luther King Jr., Marc Maron as music journalist and producer Jerry Wexler, and Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland.

“Respect” is set to be the freshest and newst movie to land in the theaters and streaming services, following the bountiful list of upcoming music biopics, which last year included Academy Award winners “Judy,” “Rocketman,” and the multi-awarded “Bohemian Rhapsody.” These films are Oscars nominated and from Walk the Line” to “La Vie en Rose” and “Ray.” Next up is Baz Luhrmann’s take on the life of Elvis Presley, played by Austin Butler, and James Mangold is at work on a Bob Dylan biopic starring Timothée Chalamet as the folk icon.