The official teaser trailer for Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT dropped on June 28th. Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, the trailer shows a star-studded cast featuring Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige and more. The film is described by Metro- Goldwyn- Meyer as “following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Directed by Liesl Tommy, RESPECT will premiere in theaters December of 2020.
Memphis, Tennessee native Aretha Franklin is known as the “Queen of Soul”. She earned 18 Grammy awards, three MTV awards, three Grammy Special Awards, seven American Music Awards and three NAACP Image Awards. Her career spanned nearly 60 years and produced hits such as Rock Steady, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and of course the classic, Respect.
Franklin sang at both the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. She was a known civil rights activist. From the days of MLK to through President Obama’s administration, Franklin was a voice for the people. She even had it written into her contracts that would not perform for segregated audiences.
Aretha Franklin passed on August 16th, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Her funeral held on August 31st, 2018 was eight hours long and featured 100 pink Cadillacs (a nod to her iconic track Freeway of Love), tributes from Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams and of course, one from Jennifer Hudson.