Jennifer Hudson channels ’50s chic as she films scenes for Aretha Franklin biopic Respect with costar Forest Whitaker
Jennifer Hudson has big shoes to fill as she takes on the role of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in a new biopic about the star.
But one thing’s for sure, the actress certainly looked the part when she filmed scenes for the movie titled Respect on Friday.
The 38-year-old star was joined by Forest Whitaker, who plays Aretha’s father C. L. Franklin as the actors strolled through Washington Square Park in New York City.
Retro perfection: Jennifer Hudson looked lovely in a 1950s outfit while getting into character as Aretha Franklin on Friday in New York
Camera ready: Hudson beamed at nearby shutterbugs as she took on the day’s shoot with stride
Soul story: The 38-year-old actress was seen filming a scene with Forest Whitaker who plays her father C. L. Franklin
Double duty: Later on in the filming day, Whitaker and Hudson reemerged in different costumes to take on another scene for the highly anticipated film
Hudson is pictured in a moss green coat with fur collar along with an olive green pillbox hat and matching kitten heels, gloves and a small purse.
The duo strolled together bundled up against the chill.
Whitaker, 58, wore a long coat, smart blue pants and a fedora.
Later on in the shooting day, Whitaker and Hudson reemerged in a new set of costumes.
Hudson donned a purple coat similar in style to her previous costume, while her hair was transformed into a stylish bouffant.
Becoming Aretha: Hudson first donned a moss green coat with fur collar along with an olive green pillbox hat, then later slipped into a purple coat of a similar style with matching scarf
Iconic: The movie follows the rise of Franklin’s career from the early beginnings when she sang in her father’s church choir
She’s the one: Franklin handpicked Hudson for the role before she passed away in August 2018
The singer and actress fully transforms into the Queen Of Soul in the first teaser for the film released in December.
Hudson is seen in a glittering gold gown as she takes the mic and belts out ‘What you want baby I got it’ in front of an empty auditorium.
The movie follows the rise of Franklin’s career from the early beginnings when she sang in her father’s church choir.
Respect also stars Marlon Wayans at Aretha’s first husband Ted White and Audra McDonald as mom Barbara Franklin.
Cameras rolling: The duo walked through Washington Square Park
Between takes: Though Hudson was portraying Aretha, she let a bit of her own personality shine through in between takes in a pair of cozy black Ugg boots
Change of scene: The duo acted out a scene taking place in a Harlem ally
Intense: Based on the actor’s facial expressions, it appeared that the scene revolved around an intense father-daughter conversation
Rounding out the ensemble are Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, and Mary J. Blige.
Franklin handpicked Hudson for the role before she passed away in August 2018.
‘We were in talks a long time about me playing her,’ she added, ‘so I just hope I make her proud [and] do her justice.’
Respect is slated for release August 14 2020.
Classic: Whitaker’s ensemble looked straight out of a Film Noir, while Hudson popped in her bright purple coat and perfect bouffant hairstyle
Queen of Soul: Aretha passed away at the age of 76 in 2018