We're closer than ever to finally seeing Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the biopic Respect - and this week, a new trailer offered a glimpse of the film and its cast.
Respect features Oscar winner Hudson as the Queen of Soul - a casting choice blessed by Franklin herself - along with star turns by Forest Whitaker and Audra McDonald as her parents, the Rev. C.L. Franklin and his wife Barbara; Marlon Wayans as her first husband Ted White; and Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler, who signed Aretha to Atlantic Records - the label that released her most iconic recordings. The preview also offers snippets of Hudson taking on three of Aretha's most immortal hits: "Respect," "Think" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Initially scheduled for a 2020 release, Respect was moved down the calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will make its theatrical debut August 13 - just three days before what would have been Franklin's 79th birthday. (A career-spanning box set, Aretha, will arrive in stores just weeks before the film opens.)