The official trailer and poster for respect, the biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, have been released.
The film from MGM Pictures, in association with Bron Creative and One Community, hits theaters on August 13 and stars Jennifer Hudson as Franklin. The story follows her rise from a child singing in her father’s church choir to an international superstar.
Also on board the film are Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler, Kimberly Scott as Mama Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Heather Headley as Clara Ward, Skye Dakota Turner as young Aretha Franklin, Tate Donovan as John Hammond and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington.
Director Liesl Tommy is making her feature film debut respect. Tommy is the first black woman to be nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play EclipsedAnd is an Associate Artist at Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Sundance Institute.
The screenplay is by Tracey Scott Wilson, the story by Callie Khouri and Wilson. Producers are Harvey Ason Jr., Scott Bernstein, Jonathan Glickman and Stacey Sher with EPs Jennifer Hudson, Liesl Tommy, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.