A new trailer for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson premiered during the 2020 BET Awards.
The short clip gave everyone a better look at what to expect from the film — and highlighted the fact that in addition to J. Hud, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, and Marc Maron round out the biopic’s cast.
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.
The movie is due out in September. Check out Jennifer’s performance as well as the movie’s the trailer below.
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