2021 : Respect Reaches Theaters Across Country

August 13, 2022 all-day

The biopic “Respect,” starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul’s sanctioned leading lady, will at last hit theaters Friday, three years to the week after Franklin’s death. The MGM film, directed by Broadway veteran Liesl Tommy and featuring Forest Whitaker as father C.L. Franklin, portrays the Detroit singer’s early years of talent, tragedy and triumph.

Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in "Respect." a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.

Source: Brian McCollum, “‘Respect’ years in the making: The story behind Aretha Franklin’s long quest for a biopic”, Detroit Free Press, August 8, 2021.