Respect: Release Date, Plot, Cast, Trailer And More

Respect: Release Date, Plot, Cast, Trailer And More

The Aretha Franklin biopic film is set to hit the theaters in December and MGM has just dropped the official teaser trailer.

Dropping on the special holiday is a special biopic film for the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin titled: 'Respect'.

Jennifer Hudson is set to give life to Aretha's iconic character on the big screen. 

Here's everything you need to know about 'Respect'. 


What Is 'Respect' All About? 

The biopic film will feature all the important highlights in Aretha's life, including her childhood, rise to stardom, and her impact on the civil rights movement.

Aretha is known for her powerful anthems and moving gospel. She was a powerful figure in the music industry, with 17 Grammys garnered during her career.

She passed away in August 2018 and was awarded a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for her musical contributions to American culture.

'Respect' will cover Aretha's entire life, from being a child gospel prodigy to a rising star to noted feminist and activist. 


When Is The Release Date Of 'Respect'? 

'Respect' is set to release on theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020, a rightful release date for a legend.

Is There An Official Trailer For 'Respect'?

MGM has just dropped the film's official teaser trailer last week! Take a look at the extremely-talented Jennifer Hudson as she portrays Aretha Franklin.


Hudson's vocal prowess and impeccable stage presence is a total show-stealer. There's a reason Aretha specifically chose Hudson to portray her on the biopic film.

The two have been friends for years and have discussed the biopic idea for nearly 11 years.

"A year after I won my Oscar, she had me meet her here in New York City, and we talked about it, so now it's actually manifesting and happening," Hudson revealed in an interview with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

Although the actress revealed she felt "terrified" for the role, she transcended over her fear and gave an outstanding performance. 

Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin

Who Is In The Cast Of' Respect'?

Starring alongside Hudson is Forest Whitaker as C. L. Franklin, Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Brenda Nicole Moorer as Brenda Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, and Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler among others.

Two-time Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige will also be joining as Dinah Washington, together with four-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland. 

Genius: Aretha

'Respect' and 'Genius: Aretha'

Aside from the biopic film 'Respect', a mini-series titled 'Genius: Aretha' was also commissioned to portray the life of Aretha Franklin.

Starring Cynthia Erivo as Aretha, 'Genius: Aretha' premiered on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, on National Geographic.

To avoid confusion, the two are entirely separate projects. Respect was produced by MGM Studios while 'Genius: Aretha' was produced by National Geographic.

What makes 'Respect' different from 'Genius: Aretha' is that the film decided to cover Aretha's childhood.

Albeit, both the film and the mini-series delved into the Queen of Souls' cultural impact. 

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