Jennifer Hudson Shines As Aretha Franklin in New Trailer For “Respect”

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As Jennifer Hudson prepares to be seen in the iconic role of Aretha Franklin in the movie Respect, the new trailer has been released and it looks like we won’t be disappointed.

The trailer kicks off with a montage of images from Aretha’s life and Jennifer belts our her iconic song  and title of the film, “Respect.”

“You have to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace,” Jennifer says in the clip.

The highly-anticipated film, which tells the story from Aretha’s humble beginnings to her rise as an iconic musical artist,  also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess and newcomer Sky Dakota Turner.

Aretha known as the Queen of Soul, died of pancreatic cancer at the age 76 on Aug. 16, 2018, up until her death she was hands on with project even making the decision as to who should play her in the film.

In an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Hudson revealed how Aretha let her know that she wanted her to star in the film.

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“She’s an iconic figure that we all love and respect and admire,” Hudson said. “She called me and she was like, ‘I made my decision, and it is you I want to play me. But don’t you tell anyone.'”

“‘Ma’am, I won’t say a thing,” Hudson said. “I’ll do whatever you tell me to do. I’m still in shock.”

Respect is set to hit theaters in limited release on December 25, before being widely released to theaters on January 15.

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