The Queen of Soul gets the “Respect” in the Aretha Franklin Biopic Film Starring Jennifer Hudson Thursday 12 August, 2021

Before there was the Queen Bey…there was the Queen of Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN. She was the original diva of the 60s and 70s and it is time to finally honor her in a biopic of her life RESPECT.

Vintage photo of the original Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

Its with the upmost respect, prior to Aretha Franklin’s passing, she hand-picked Jennifer Hudson to play her personally in a biopic of her life. Did you know Jennifer Hudson was one of the few people to speak with Ms.Franklin before she left this Earth?

Everyone remembers Jennifer Hudson’s Academy Award winning role in 2006 Dreamsgirls. She won the Oscar for best supporting actress playing Effie. No one will ever forget the chilling redention of her role in Effie and especially for the song “Your Gonna Love Me” in Dreamgirls. Of course Ms.Franklin would choose Hudson to play her as she mastered the voice and she blends in well with the 60s and 70s era! JHud has that vintage appeal that is timeless and she played Ms.Franklin perfectly.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 03: Jennifer Hudson attends the “Respect” fan screening at IPIC Theaters at Colony Square on August 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for MGM/Bron/One Community/UAR)

Ironically and “respectfully”, three years to the week after Franklin’s death, the culmination of those conversations materialize onscreen with Hudson’s performance in “Respect,”the long-delayed Franklin biopic finally coming to screens nationwide! Aretha Franklin passed on August 16, 2018 – RESPECT will be in theaters everywhere August 13th, 2021. Check out the trailer below.


(l-r.) Hailey Kilgore stars as Carolyn Franklin, Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin and Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin in RESPECT A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Quantrell D. Colbert

Respect Synopsis

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a young 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 and become the Queen of Soul. -MGM


Jennifer Hudson, Albert Jones, Audra McDonald, Forest Whitaker, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Kimberly Scott, Leroy McClain, Marc Maron, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige, Myk Watford, Saycon Sengbloh, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 03: Jennifer Hudson speaks onstage during the “Respect” fan screening at IPIC Theaters at Colony Square on August 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for MGM/Bron/One Community/UAR)

I attended the Atlanta VIP Queen’s Night & Screening of RESPECT. JHud made a surprise appearance to the intimate screening where she greeted everyone and introduced her film.

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