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New Images Released of Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’

A film, and performance, on everyone’s mind when it comes to (very early) Oscar predictions for next year is undoubtedly Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as the icon Aretha Franklin in the upcoming film Respect

Today we’ve got a new look at some stills from the film, the feature directing debut of Tony nominee Liesl Tommy. The film tells the story of Franklin’s career from her childhood singing in her father’s church choir through her ascendance to one of the greatest legends of all-time. 

Alongside Hudson, the film stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, and Mary J. Blige

Get your look at the new stills below, and see the film when it releases in theaters on August 13th 

R_20507_RC2 (l-r.) Brenda Nicole Moorer stars as Brenda Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in RESPECT A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Quantrell D. Colbert © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.
R_18350_RC (l-r.) Marc Maron stars as Jerry Wexler, Marlon Wayans as Ted White and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in RESPECT, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Quantrell D. Colbert © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Written by Mitchell Beaupre

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