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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Jennifer Hudson performs onstage at All-Star Lineup Pays Tribute At "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul at The Shrine Auditorium on January 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Jennifer Hudson plays the iconic Aretha Franklin in the new forthcoming biopic Respect, and the trailer has just been released.

The trailer reveals that in addition to Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige also will be starring in Respect.

The trailer opens up with Hudson on stage singing Franklin’s 1967 hit record. A young Franklin appears on the screen before Hudson appears in the back of a limousine.

Whitaker (C.L. Franklin) glances at Hudson while the two stand in a building. Then, before she appears, Blige (Dinah Washington) can be heard (offscreen) asking Hudson, “How many albums have you had?”

“Four,” Hudson tells Blige. “And no hits? Honey, find the songs that move you. Until you do that, you ain’t going nowhere.”

Hudson is then seen in the trailer recording in music studios, performing, and speaking to a filled church about disturbing the peace “when you can’t get no peace.”

“Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice,” according to MGM.

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2020. Watch the trailer below.



Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.