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Jennifer Hudson Becomes Aretha Franklin in 'Respect' Teaser, Delivers Powerhouse BET Performance

Jennifer Hudson Becomes Aretha Franklin in 'Respect' Teaser, Delivers Powerhouse BET Performance”

Directed by Liesl Tommy, we not only get to see Hudson in action but also Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington.

You probably noticed that this is a surprisingly short debut trailer, clocking in at a little over a minute long, but one could argue that it's pretty flawless. Obviously there will be more footage from the movie posted online between now and December, giving us a longer look at how the movie is approaching the story, but for right now it's easy to appreciate this first look as a great tease.

This performance of "Young, Gifted and Black" came mere moments before an all-new teaser trailer dropped for Respect. Through her storied career, which began in 1966 after she signed to Atlantic Records, she earned 17 Grammy awards and many other accolades. The singer showed off her powerhouse vocals in the newly released trailer for Respect, which features Jennifer playing the legendary Aretha Franklin.

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Actress Cynthia Erivo is also set to star in her own on-screen role as the Queen of Soul in "Genius: Aretha", however the National Geographic biopic was also pushed back due to COVID-19.

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



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