Jennifer Hudson is singing her face off in the new Respect Movie trailer that premiered Sunday night during the epic BET Awards.
Hudson portrays Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic which was originally scheduled to release in August, but was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas Day, before a full wide release on January 15.
The long-awaited film follows Franklin’s life from singing in her father’s church, to becoming one of the most legendary musicians of all time. The Liesl Tommy-directed film also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess and newcomer Sky Dakota Turner.
Jennifer Hudson talks her role in CATS, and her starring role in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic in the December Issue of Modern Luxury Magazine.
On December 20th J-Hud stars as Grizabella in the CATS movie. Grizabella is a former feline beauty who is now older, mangier and painfully lonely. “Every time she appears on stage, you wonder, ‘What’s her story? What happened to her?’” Jennifer shared with the publication. One highlight of the movie will be when Jennifer sings the song “Memory.” “I can’t say singing it was easy,” she revealed. “I was excited, but also thinking, ‘Oh, my God, this is an iconic song.’”
On playing Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic “Respect,” due out in 2020. “Every day is dedicated to that right now,” Hudson says from her home in Chicago. “Ms. Franklin deserves it. I want to do her justice. I am actually just about to go into an acting session right now.” And off she goes, but not before defining her own version of respect. “I could be singing down the street around the corner or at the White House, I would respect them both the same.”
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