'Respect' trailer shows Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin biopic

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in new biopic film RESPECT

Jennifer Hudson transforms into Aretha Franklin in a role built for her powerhouse pipes.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect stars Hudson as the queen of soul, civil rights activist, and cultural icon, tracking her rise to fame from her childhood spent performing in her father's church to becoming one of the greatest singers of all time. The movie also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess and Sky Dakota Turner.

The Oscar-winning actress sang a rendition of "Young, Gifted and Black" during the amazingly curated BET Awards ceremony of virtual presentations and creative musical performances adhering to social distancing rules.

Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age 76, was a part of the film's production up until her death in 2018. Through her storied career, which began in 1966 after she signed to Atlantic Records, she earned 17 Grammy awards and many other accolades.

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Respect is due for release on January 22, 2021.

Respect was set to go wide October 9 but has now shifted to a limited Christmas Day debut.

Watch the trailer above and check out the new poster below.

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