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Jennifer Hudson in the Queen of Soul´s biopic `Respect´

Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul gets a biopic where Leisl Tommy traces the formative years during which Franklin emerged from the shadow of controlling men to take decisive ownership of her own voice. In her biopic Aretha chose Jennifer Hudson, the ”Dreamgirl” sensation, to play her in this dramatic feature based on her life.


About 15 years ago, Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin had their first discussion about Hudson playing Franklin and its happening. But at first Hudson didn’t have the sound that Franklin had, so she had to develop a more raw, earthier sound, which is what Aretha had when she found her own true voice and left the jazz sound for the soul sound. And now she is playing Aretha Franklin on-screen which we will see this year by director Leisl Tommy.

The pandemic delays the release of the movie. It was supposed to be released 2020, the new release in 2021 aug/sept.



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