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The Respect trailer shows Jennifer Hudson’s vocal and acting talent in this biopic by Aretha Franklin



Jennifer Hudson has taken on the role of her life and portrayed the late Aretha Franklin in the first trailer for the upcoming Biopic Respect. The famous singer died of pancreatic cancer in 2018 at the age of 76.

38-year-old Hudson, who won an Oscar for her first film role in Dreamgirls, may again have Oscar Gold in mind for her powerful performance in Respect as she demonstrates her incredible vocal skills.

The film, which follows Aretha’s incredible talents, personal life and political activism, was written by director Liesl Tommy and is currently set to be released on Christmas Day. However, this can change due to COVID-19.

First trailer: Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of her life and portrays the inimitable Aretha Franklin in the first trailer for the upcoming Biopic Respect

First trailer: Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of her life and portrays the inimitable Aretha Franklin in the first trailer for the upcoming Biopic Respect

Oscar candidate? Hudson (left), who won an Oscar for her first film role in Dreamgirls, may again have Oscar Gold in mind for her powerful performance in Respect when she mimicked Aretha (pictured right in 1967).

Legend: The famous singer died of pancreatic cancer in 2018 at the age of 76

Oscar candidate? Hudson (left), who won an Oscar for her first film role in Dreamgirls, may again have Oscar Gold in mind for her powerful performance in Respect when she mimicked Aretha (pictured right in 1967).

The trailer begins with Franklin on stage and brings out lyrics to her legendary song Respect and flashbacks of Franklin as a little girl.

Franklin also meets with one of the most popular black singers of the 1950s, Dinah Washington (Mary J. Blige), when Franklin tells her that she released four albums, although Washington finds that she has “no hits”.

“Darling, find the songs that move you until you do that, you’re not going anywhere,” Washington tells a despondent Franklin.

Respect: The trailer starts with Franklin on stage and brings the lyrics to her legendary song Respect together with flashbacks from Franklin as a little girl.

Respect: The trailer starts with Franklin on stage and brings the lyrics to her legendary song Respect together with flashbacks from Franklin as a little girl.

Dinah: Franklin also meets with one of the most popular black singers of the 1950s, Dinah Washington (Mary J. Blige), when Franklin tells her that she has released four albums, even though Washington finds that she has

Dinah: Franklin also meets with one of the most popular black singers of the 1950s, Dinah Washington (Mary J. Blige), when Franklin tells her that she has released four albums, even though Washington finds that she has “no hits”.

Manager: There is also a short recording of Franklin's meeting with Ted White (Marlon Wayans) who would become her manager and first husband, as well as footage of Franklin recording Respect in the studio

Manager: There is also a short recording of Franklin's meeting with Ted White (Marlon Wayans) who would become her manager and first husband, as well as footage of Franklin recording Respect in the studio

Manager: There is also a short recording of Franklin’s meeting with Ted White (Marlon Wayans) who would become her manager and first husband, as well as footage of Franklin recording Respect in the studio

Peace: There are a number of pictures of Franklin, along with a press conference where Franklin told reporters,

Peace: There are a number of pictures of Franklin, along with a press conference where Franklin told reporters, “You have to disturb peace if you can’t get peace.”

There is also a short shot of Franklin meeting Ted White (Marlon Wayans), who becomes her manager and first husband, and Franklin, who is recording Respect in the studio.

Franklin also meets influential music producer Jerry Wexler (Marc Maron), who produced other famous artists such as Ray Charles and Led Zeppelin.

‘Aretha, you’re talking, aren’t you? Don’t just sing? ‘Wexler asks when the singer replies, “I want you to call me Miss Franklin.”

Do you say: 'Aretha, you speak, don't you? Don't just sing? 'Wexler asks when the singer replies,

Do you say: 'Aretha, you speak, don't you? Don't just sing? 'Wexler asks when the singer replies,

Do you say: ‘Aretha, you speak, don’t you? Don’t just sing? ‘Wexler asks when the singer replies, “I want you to call me Miss Franklin.”

One vision: The trailer alludes to Aretha's great popularity as it is loved by thousands of fans

One vision: The trailer alludes to Aretha’s great popularity as it is loved by thousands of fans

On stage: The trailer ends with further shots of Hudson (left), who produces Franklin's title tune Respect on stage

The real deal: Respect is expected to hit theaters across the country on December 25, as a tribute to Aretha (Photo 1967).

On stage: The trailer ends with further shots of Hudson (left), who produces Franklin’s title tune Respect on stage

There are a series of footage of Franklin, along with a press conference where Franklin told reporters, “You have to disturb peace if you can’t get peace.”

Franklin said exactly this quote after offering to save civil rights activist Angela Davis in 1970, which made headlines.

The trailer ends with further shots of Hudson, who produces Franklin’s theme tune Respect on stage.

Powerful: Aretha’s legendary hit single Respect was released in 1967 and has stood the test of time (date unknown)

Powerhouse: Jennifer shows her incredible singing talents when she takes on the role of the legendary artist

Pictured: The real Aretha in August 1974

Powerhouse: Jennifer shows her incredible singing talents when she takes on the role of the legendary artist

Forest Whitaker also plays respect as C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as King of Gospel Music, and Tate Donovan as John Hammond, who discovered Aretha when she was an 18-year-old gospel singer.

Liesl Tommy makes her directorial debut with Respect after filming episodes of Queen Sugar, Insecure and The Walking Dead based on a script by Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse / Verdon, The Americans).

The respect is expected to hit theaters across the country on December 25th.

Cast: Respect also plays Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Aretha's father, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as King of Gospel Music, and Tate Donovan as John Hammond, who discovered Aretha when she was an 18-year-old gospel singer

Cast: Respect also plays Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as King of Gospel Music, and Tate Donovan as John Hammond, who discovered Aretha when she was an 18-year-old gospel singer

I'm with the band: The trailer shows the musicians around Aretha who have supported their talents

I’m with the band: The trailer shows the musicians around Aretha who have supported their talents

In theaters: Respect will be released nationwide on December 25th

In theaters: Respect will be released nationwide on December 25th


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