The teaser trailer for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect starring Jennifer Hudson in the lead role was unveiled at the BET Awards. The trailer starts off with Jennifer in a shimmering gold dress singing the song that Aretha made iconic Respect. The stage is lit up with the word behind her and the scene is sure to move you.
The trailer highlights more than just the singer’s fame but also her ambition and strives for civil rights. The Queen of Soul Aretha had actually handpicked Jennifer to play her onscreen before she died in August 2018 and from the trailer we can understand that it was a damn good choice indeed.
— RESPECT (@RespectMovie) June 29, 2020
Respect follows the story of Aretha from her days singing in her father’s church choir as a child to an adulthood of superstardom. The film is directed by Liesl Tommy and also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, and Mary J. Blige.
Respect will come out as a limited release on December 25, 2020, and has a wide release on January 15, 2021. It was originally set to release this August but was pushed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch the trailer here: