Aretha Franklin will never be forgotten.
Two completely unrelated projects about her life are getting ready for their 2020 debuts: one for the big screen and one for the small. And though we’re definitely excited for the National Geographic mini-series starring Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul, it’s the big-screen biopic for which Aretha Franklin had a very heavy hand in crafting that we’re interested in here. Plus, Respect just released its first images from the movie set (see below).
Franklin, who is most known for powerful anthems and moving gospel, actually transcended boundaries before her death in August of 2018. An integral voice in both the music industry and the civil rights movement, her cultural impact is often outshined by her musical legacy (17 Grammys will do that). But don’t worry: The legend’s entire life, from child gospel prodigy to rising stage star to noted feminist and activist, will be covered in the MGM biopic, Respect.
The film stars Jennifer Hudson in the leading role. Should you need a brush up on J. Hud trivia, she came in seventh on the third season of American Idol, she won an Oscar for her earth-shattering role in Dreamgirls, and she brought the crowd at Franklin’s funeral to their feet with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” that would have made the soul queen proud. Here’s knowing that the 38-year-old singer/actress will do the same with Respect.
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