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Jennifer Hudson Shines In First Trailer For Aretha Franklin Biopic

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The trailer for Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which debuted during the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday (June 28), sees Jennifer Hudson turning in a stellar performance as the late icon.

The trailer launched with the silhouette of Franklin on stage, with the word "Respect" lighting up on the screen behind her. It gives a glimpse of how the young singer evolves from singing at her pastor's church to ultimately become a legendary musician.

"You got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace," Hudson says in the powerful trailer.

Hudson also performed "Young, Gifted and Black" at the BET Awards show.

The biopic also features Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Tate Donovan, Mary J. Blige, and others.

The film, directed by Liesl Tommy, got its name from Franklin's 1967 hit "Respect." Callie Khouri and Tracey Scott Wilson wrote the story, while Wilson did the screenplay.
The biopic is scheduled to hit theaters in December.

"It is officially a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it's done!" Hudson wrote on Instagram in February after the film was completed.
"To [sic] overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can't express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream! It was my honor , to honor the Queens request! The one and only Queen of soul #ArethaFranklin #respectMovie."

Franklin, who passed away in 2018 after battling pancreatic cancer, won 18 Grammy Awards and was nominated 44 times.

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