Respect

Respect
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 25min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Liesl Tommy
  • Written by: Callie Khouri, Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Mary J. Blige
  • UK release: 10 September 2021

Aretha Franklin biopic.

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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.

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Jennifer Hudson admits Aretha Franklin 'shaped' her career

12 Sep 2021

Music gossip

Jennifer Hudson thinks Aretha Franklin has given her a "blueprint" to follow. The 40-year-old star plays Aretha in a film about her life and she's revealed her deep-rooted admiration for the iconic singer, who passed away in August 2018 at the age of…

Jennifer Hudson didn't know how to approach vocals in Respect

8 Sep 2021

Film gossip

Jennifer Hudson wasn't sure how to approach her vocals in 'Respect'. The 39-year-old actress and singer plays Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic and she admitted the "toughest challenge" was deciding whether to sing like herself or the late music…

Respect

7 Sep 20213 stars

Jennifer Hudson sings her heart out as the great Aretha Franklin in a serviceable but unspectacular biopic

A knock-out singer finds her creative voice and battles with her demons in this surface-level biopic that looks at the tumultuous life and extraordinary success of soul icon Aretha Franklin. Before her death in 2018, Franklin was involved in the…

Jennifer Hudson regrets not asking Aretha Franklin about Respect casting

3 Sep 2021

Film gossip

Jennifer Hudson regrets not asking Aretha Franklin about why she selected her for the lead role in 'Respect'. The 39-year-old star was handpicked by the late music icon, who died in 2018, to play her in the biopic and Jennifer wishes she would have…

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