Watch: A First Look At Jennifer Hudson As Aretha Franklin In ‘Respect’ Movie

The Aretha Franklin movie, Respect, isn’t slated to hit theaters until October 9, 2020, but we’ve already got a first look featuring Jennifer Hudson who was hand selected by Aretha to play her before she passed away.

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Respect follows the journey of the legendary singer’s rise from singing in her father’s church as a child to international stardom.

SEE ALSO: Did You Know Aretha Franklin’s First Album Was Gospel?

In addition to Hudson’s lead role as Aretha Franklin, the movie (directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson) also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner. and Mary J. Blige

Here’s a first look:

 

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