Respect Movie

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Respect movie production status is currently Post-Production

December 22, 2019 • Filming completed; editing of shot film; music composition and recordings, as well as sound and visual effects being added.

The life of Aretha Franklin from singing as a child in her father’s church’s choir to becoming an iconic superstar and civil rights activist.

Who's Involved:

Scott Bernstein, Tituss Burgess, Heather Headley, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Hudson, Tate Donovan, Skye Dakota Turner, Aaron L. Gilbert, Sue Baden-Powell, Audra McDonald, Jason Cloth, Liesl Tommy, Harvey Mason, Hailey Kilgore, Tracey Scott Wilson, Saycon Sengbloh, Stacy Sher

Release Date:

Friday, August 13, 2021 (Nationwide)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

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.

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Cast: Who stars in it?

Crew: Who's making Respect

A look at the Respect behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Liesl Tommy last directed Born a Crime.


Liesl Tommy


Tracey Scott Wilson


Scott Bernstein
Harvey Mason

Production: What we know about Respect

Key Facts

  1. Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise” and is the creator of TV's Nashville, is writing the script (3/9/19).
  2. Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Aretha Franklin to play her before the singer's death (1/11/19).

Filming Timeline

On or about December 22, 2019, the film was in Post-Production status.

On or about January 11, 2019, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Stage director Liesl Tommy is on-board to direct the biopic.

On or about March 16, 2018, the film was in Development status.

Respect Release Date: When is it coming out?

Respect is coming out in 2021 on Friday, August 13, 2021 (Nationwide release). There are 2 other movies coming out on the same date, including Deep Water and Untitled Blumhouse Productions Project II.

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