Jennifer Hudson Stars as Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’ Trailer: Watch


Demanding some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Jennifer Hudson surprised as she remodeled into the late Aretha Franklin within the newest teaser trailer for Respect.

A brand new sneak peek arrived on Sunday, June 28, months after followers had been gifted with an preliminary glimpse final December. Much like the unique teaser trailer, the preview kicks off with Hudson nailing Franklin’s vocals on “Respect.” From there, the clip exhibits a glance into Franklin’s battle to search out success within the music enterprise.

Mary J. Blige seems as late singer Dinah Washington and asks Hudson’s Franklin “what number of albums” she’s made. When Franklin says “4,” Blige’s Washington replies: “And no hits. Honey, discover the songs that transfer you. Till you try this, you ain’t going nowhere.”

Jennifer Hudson Stuns as Aretha Franklin in New Aretha Trailer
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Written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect follows Franklin’s journey from childhood to stardom and past. Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Tituss Burgess and Marc Maron additionally star.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) tapped Hudson, 38, to play the Queen of Soul in January 2018. The casting information was first introduced that yr at music producer Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys occasion. On the time, the 88-year-old music mogul confirmed that Franklin personally selected the American Idol alum for the function.

Hudson beforehand opened up about being hand-picked by Franklin to painting her onscreen. “These are big footwear to fill,” she instructed Sunday In the present day in December 2019. “I’m simply taking it one step at a time, someday at a time. All I need to do is pay tribute to her and meet her requests, you already know? Like, ‘Aretha stated do that?’ — ‘Sure, ma’am.’”

Jennifer Hudson Stuns as Aretha Franklin in New Aretha Trailer
Aretha Franklin poses for photographers through the 39th Annual Grammy Awards in New York. Kathy Willens/AP/Shutterstock

The Sandy Wexler actress added, “We had been in talks a very long time about me enjoying her, and so I simply stated I hope I make her proud, do her justice. Once more, I’ve huge footwear to fill.”

Hudson is not any stranger to the musical movie style. Again in 2006, she confirmed off each her vocal and appearing chops in Dreamgirls — a film that additionally marked her movie debut. For this function, she earned an Academy Award win.

Extra just lately, Hudson appeared as Grizabella in Common Footage’ Cats.

Jennifer Hudson Stuns as Aretha Franklin in New Aretha Trailer

Franklin died in August 2018 at age 76 after enduring a battle with pancreatic most cancers. Within the wake of her passing, Hudson carried out “Superb Grace” on the R&B legend’s Detroit funeral service.

Respect is anticipated to hit theaters on Christmas Day.

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