Not content to croon out “Memory” in Cats this weekend, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson has enchanted the internet with the teaser for her next movie: the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.
The film, which also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan and Tituss Burgess, follows Franklin’s rise from a church singer to, well, being Aretha Franklin, international superstar. Singer Marianne Faithful once said Franklin had “the voice of God.” Beyonce Knowles has called Franklin her greatest inspiration.
Hudson was handpicked for the role by Franklin herself prior to her death in 2018. Respect, directed by South African director Liesl Tommy in her feature film debut, hits theatres August 14, 2020.