To become the Queen, she needed to find her voice. Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin. Watch the new trailer now, and don’t miss RespectMovie in theaters this August.
The film is directed by Liesl Tommy from a screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson. Based on the life of American singer Aretha Franklin, it stars Jennifer Hudson as Franklin. Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige are featured in supporting roles. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 13, 2021 by United Artists Releasing.
The project had been long in development, with Jennifer Hudson set to play Aretha Franklin. Franklin herself was involved with the development up until her death on August 16, 2018. In January 2019, Liesl Tommy was set to direct the film. The rest of the cast was added in October 2019, including Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Mary J. Blige.
Respect is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on August 13, 2021. It was originally scheduled for a limited release on December 25, 2020, followed by an expansion on January 8, 2021, before going wide the following week.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was switched to a sole wide release on January 15, without a limited release, before it was delayed again to August. Previous release dates also included August 14 and October 9, 2020.