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Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin

Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin

A new trailer for ‘Respect’ biopic dropped during the BET Awards on Sunday. It features scenes from Franklin’s rise to fame, her signing with a music manager and the legendary singer belting out the song “Respect” in front of giant neon letters spelling out the word.

The movie also stars Marc Maron, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess and Sky Dakota Turner. It is directed by Liesl Tommy.

Franklin, who in 2018 died of pancreatic cancer at the age 76, was a producer on the film. She specifically requested that Hudson portray her.

Scheduled for an August, the movie’s release was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now be in theaters on limited release on December 25.

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