Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in RESPECT Trailer

Posted on 29 June 2020
By Dana Andersen
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Aretha Franklin, one of the most well known soul singers in the world, is finally about to get her own biopic.

Titled after her hit song Respect, its expected that the movie will focus on Franklin’s start as a struggling musician, following her life up to, and possibly beyond, her incredible success.

We can expect to also see some of Franklin’s childhood, as a singer in her fathers church choir, as we watch the retelling of the musicians life.

The trailer also hints that the movie will touch on Franklins involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, including her now famous, and hugely relevant, quote ‘You have to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace’.

Many fans are hoping that such an iconic figure in music will be honoured with an accurate portrayal in the documentary, and considering how Jennifer Hudson came to gain the role, most are expecting she will be.

Talk about a movie for the singer has been circulating since at least 2007, Hudson, who will be taking on the part of the Queen of Soul, was chose by Franklin herself, prior to her death in 2018.

Following the success of the biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody, and Rocket Man, its sure to be a hit.

Along with Hudson taking on the role of the singer, Forest Whitaker, Queen Latifah, Marlon Wayans, and Audra McDonald will be starring in various roles in the movie, directed by Liesl Tommy.

Tommy is well known for her theatrical director, with Born a Crime, the film adaptation of an autobiography of the same name, in 2018 being her only prior experience in directing a movie.

With a movie thats sure to involve so many iconic songs, tender moments, and the raw energy Franklin was known for, perhaps a more theatrical direction is perfect for this biopic.

The film is currently due to be released in December, providing it isn’t delayed or pushed forward, and the teaser trailer featuring Hudson is out now.