Jennifer Hudson instructions r-e-s-p-e-c-t on this first-look footage of the singer/actress in character as Aretha Franklin for MGM’s upcoming biopic Respect.
In the transient teaser, Hudson-as Franklin, in glittery gold robe, is proven backlit on stage as these first immediately recognizable phrases – ‘What you need child I bought it” – tear via the empty auditorium. Although solely 44 seconds lengthy, the clip means that Hudson does a really nice Aretha impression whereas infusing not less than somewhat of her personal singing type into the interpretation.
The function movie (to not be confused with Nat Geo’s upcoming Genius: Aretha collection starring Cynthia Erivo) follows the rise of Franklin’s profession from singing as a toddler in her father’s church’s choir to worldwide superstardom.
Directing can be Liesl Tommy, with a script by Tracey Scott Wilson. Producing are Scott Bernstein, Harvey Mason Jr., with exec producers Stacy Sher, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Fabric.
In addition to Hudson, the Respect forged consists of 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.
MGM releases Respect to theaters on Oct. 9, 2020. Take a look at the brand new teaser above, and the movie’s new poster beneath.