Respect starring Jennifer Hudson

Respect is a biography/drama/music film. The director of the film is Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed). This is her feature film debut.  The screenplay is by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Americans).  The story is by both Callie Khouri (Oscar ® winner for Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson.  



Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin
Skye Dakota Turner as Aretha Franklin
Forest Whitaker as C. L. Franklin
Marlon Wayans as Ted White
Audra McDonald as Barbara Siggers Franklin
Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler
Tituss Burgess as James Cleveland
Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin
Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin
Tate Donovan as John Hammond
Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington
Kelvin Hair as Sam Cooke
Heather Headley as Clara Ward
Lodric D. Collins as Smokey Robinson


The movie follows 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.

Release date

The film will be available on August 13, 2021.

It was originally scheduled to be released on January 15, 2021, and before that begin a limited release on December 25, 2020.

Other Notes

The producers include Scott Bernstein, p.g.a., Harvey Mason Jr., Jonathan Glickman.  

The executive producers include Stacy Sher, Jennifer Hudson, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth.

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