Jennifer Hudson belts out 'Respect' as she transforms into Aretha Franklin for new biopic trailer

Publish Date
Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 3:56PM

Jennifer Hudson has just blown us away!

Transforming into the legendary Aretha Franklin, the 38-year-old singer showed off her powerhouse vocals in the newly released trailer for Respect - the biopic about Franklin's life story and career.

In the 90 second clip, Hudson covers Franklin's signature 1967 hit 'Respect' - and boy does she have some pipes on her.

It's no surprise Franklin handpicked the American Idol star for the role herself.

Respect covers the life of Franklin, from her days singing as a child at her father's church's choir, to becoming the Queen of Soul and civil rights activist.

The film was originally set to be released on August 14 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to Christmas Day.

In addition to Hudson, the highly anticipated film also stars Forest Whitaker as Franklin's father, Marlon Wayans as her first husband Ted White, Mary J. Blige as singer Dinah Washington and Gilbert Glenn Brown as Martin Luther King Jr.

The film comes two years after the iconic singer passed following a battle with cancer. She was 76.