Aretha Franklin was a larger than life individual who played a significant role not only in the music industry but also the American black community. A powerhouse who brought us many classics through her distinctive and iconic voice, Franklin sadly passed on in August 16, 2018, aged 76. Legendary in every sense, it’s no surprise that we now have a biopic movie based on her life story with Jennifer Hudson (a new age powerhouse in her own right) perfectly cast in the role. The title of the movie is based on one of her smash and memorable hits, RESPECT. Checkout the recently released teaser trailer giving us a little taste of what to expect:
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.
No firm date has been earmarked for its release but be sure to keep your calendar open during (at least) mid to later this year. No doubt it just might be a major Oscar candidate, remember we said it first, and yes we’re already calling it. In addition to Hudson, the movie also includes an equally fantastic supporting cast in Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige to mention a few. Here’s the best part though, the movie is directed by a lady and her name is Liesl Tommy, born right here in Mzansi, Cape Town specifically and this would be her first official big gig…talk about hitting the ground running in a major way! If you need more reasons to be excited for this one then perhaps it’s just not for you. One thing is for sure, we are definitely excited for it!