Watch | Jennifer Hudson performing as Aretha Franklin from ‘Respect’ biopic

Watch | Jennifer Hudson performing as Aretha Franklin from ‘Respect’ biopic

First footage of Jennifer Hudson role as Aretha Franklin, from the film Respect, has released.

The actress is dressed in a long, sequined, gold gown with her hair cropped into a short haircut. Before you can even see her face, viewers are introduced to her mezzo-soprano voice as she belts out the lyrics from Franklin’s hit ‘Respect’.

The Liesl Tommy-directed biopic follows Franklin’s life from a child singing in her father’s church choir to achieving international superstardom. It also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Heather Headley, and Mary J. Blige.

Respect is headed to theaters Oct. 9, 2020.