Jennifer Hudson’s portrayal of Aretha Franklin in the biopic Respect is one of the most anticipated performances of the year—and now we have a preview of what’s to come.
The first full trailer for Respect premiered during the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday night, June 28, and let’s just say Hudson may have another awards season sweep on her hands. From these two minutes alone, it’s clear Hudson has nailed the heart, passion, and drive of Franklin, a.k.a the Queen of Soul. She also does all the singing justice, not that we were worried about that.
Go ahead and check out the trailer for yourself, below:
The cast of Respect is stacked. Forest Whitaker portrays Aretha’s father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin. Marlon Wayans plays Aretha’s first husband, Ted White, and Audra McDonald plays Aretha’s mother, Barbara Siggers Franklin. The cast is rounded out with supporting performances from Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, and Marc Maron.