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    • Jennifer Hudson portrays the iconic Aretha Franklin in the biopic Respect that explores her life’s story
    • Hudson is joined by an all-star cast including Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron and Tituss Burgess
    • The film has been slated for release on Christmas Day by MGM Studios, though that may change if COVID-19 continues to spread 
    • Hudson could be up for her second Oscar for this powerful performance, after winning Best Supporting Actress for her first movie role, 2006’s Dreamgirls

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    Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of a lifetime, portraying the inimitable Aretha Franklin in the first trailer for the upcoming biopic Respect.

    Hudson, who won an Oscar for her first ever movie role in Dreamgirls, may be eyeing Oscar gold once again for her powerful performance in Respect.

    The film from director Liesl Tommy is currently slated for release on Christmas Day, though that may change if COVID-19  continues to spread.

    First trailer: Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of a lifetime, portraying the inimitable Aretha Franklin in the first trailer for the upcoming biopic Respect

    Oscar contender?: Hudson, who won an Oscar for her first ever movie role in Dreamgirls, may be eyeing Oscar gold once again for her powerful performance in Respect

    Oscar contender?: Hudson, who won an Oscar for her first ever movie role in Dreamgirls, may be eyeing Oscar gold once again for her powerful performance in Respect

    The trailer begins with Franklin on stage, belting out lyrics to her iconic song Respect, along with flashback shots of Franklin as a little girl.

    Franklin is also seen meeting with one of the most popular black singers of the 1950s, Dinah Washington (Mary J. Blige), as Franklin tells her she’s put out four albums, though Washington notes she’s had, ‘no hits.’

    ‘Honey, find the songs that move you, until you do that, you ain’t going nowhere,’ Washington tells a dejected Franklin. 

    Respect: The trailer begins with Franklin on stage, belting out lyrics to her iconic song Respect, along with flashback shots of Franklin as a little girl.

    Respect: The trailer begins with Franklin on stage, belting out lyrics to her iconic song Respect, along with flashback shots of Franklin as a little girl.

    Dinah: Franklin is also seen meeting with one of the most popular black singers of the 1950s, Dinah Washington (Mary J. Blige), as Franklin tells her she's put out four albums, though Washington notes she's had, 'no hits'

    Dinah: Franklin is also seen meeting with one of the most popular black singers of the 1950s, Dinah Washington (Mary J. Blige), as Franklin tells her she’s put out four albums, though Washington notes she’s had, ‘no hits’

    There is also a brief shot of Franklin meeting Ted White (Marlon Wayans), who would become her manager and first husband, along with shots of Franklin recording Respect in the studio.

    Franklin is also seen meeting influential music producer Jerry Wexler (Marc Maron), who produced other iconic artists like Ray Charles and Led Zeppelin.

    ‘Aretha, you do talk, don’t you? Not just sing?’ Wexler asks, when the singer responds, ‘I’d like you to call me Miss Franklin.’ 

    Manager: There is also a brief shot of Franklin meeting Ted White (Marlon Wayans), who would become her manager and first husband, along with shots of Franklin recording Respect in the studio

    Manager: There is also a brief shot of Franklin meeting Ted White (Marlon Wayans), who would become her manager and first husband, along with shots of Franklin recording Respect in the studio

    Manager: There is also a brief shot of Franklin meeting Ted White (Marlon Wayans), who would become her manager and first husband, along with shots of Franklin recording Respect in the studio

    Talk: 'Aretha, you do talk, don't you? Not just sing?' Wexler asks, when the singer responds, 'I'd like you to call me Miss Franklin'

    Talk: 'Aretha, you do talk, don't you? Not just sing?' Wexler asks, when the singer responds, 'I'd like you to call me Miss Franklin'

    Talk: ‘Aretha, you do talk, don’t you? Not just sing?’ Wexler asks, when the singer responds, ‘I’d like you to call me Miss Franklin’

    There are a number of shots of Franklin performing, along with a press conference where Franklin tells reporters, ‘You have got to disturb the peace, when you can’t get no peace.’

    Franklin said that very quote after offering to bail out out civil rights activist Angela Davis in 1970, which made headlines.

    The trailer ends with more shots of Hudson belting out Franklin’s title tune Respect on stage.

    Peace: There are a number of shots of Franklin performing, along with a press conference where Franklin tells reporters, 'You have got to disturb the peace, when you can't get no peace'

    Peace: There are a number of shots of Franklin performing, along with a press conference where Franklin tells reporters, ‘You have got to disturb the peace, when you can’t get no peace’

    On stage: The trailer ends with more shots of Hudson belting out Franklin's title tune Respect on stage

    On stage: The trailer ends with more shots of Hudson belting out Franklin’s title tune Respect on stage

    Respect also stars Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as the King of Gospel music and Tate Donovan as John Hammond, who discovered Aretha when she was an 18-year-old gospel singer.

    Liesl Tommmy makes her feature directorial debut with Respect, after directing episodes of Queen Sugar, Insecure and The Walking Dead, working from a script by Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse/Verdon, The Americans).

    Respect will hit theaters nationwide on December 25. 

    Cast: Respect also stars Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Aretha's father, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as the King of Gospel music and Tate Donovan as John Hammond, who discovered Aretha when she was an 18-year-old gospel singer

    Cast: Respect also stars Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, known as the King of Gospel music and Tate Donovan as John Hammond, who discovered Aretha when she was an 18-year-old gospel singer

    In theaters: Respect will hit theaters nationwide on December 25

    In theaters: Respect will hit theaters nationwide on December 25

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