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.
Friday, August 13, 2021 (Nationwide)
mature thematic content, strong language including racial epithets, violence, suggestive material, and smoking PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED
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.
Poll: Will you see Respect?
Who stars in Respect: Cast List
Jennifer Hudson ... Aretha Franklin
"Monster" , "Cats"
Forest Whitaker ... C.L. Franklin
"Where the Wild Things Are" , "Finding Steve McQueen"
Marlon Wayans ... Ted White
"A Haunted House" , "Naked"
Audra McDonald ... Barbara Franklin
"Beauty and the Beast" , "The Best Thief in the World"
Mary J. Blige ... Dinah Washington
"Trolls World Tour" , "Rock of Ages"
Marc Maron ... Jerry Wexler
"Joker" , "Stardust"
Who's making Respect: Crew List
A look at the Respect behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Liesl Tommy last directed Born a Crime.
Production: What we know about Respect?
- With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar® winner for Writing, Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as Emmy® and WGA Award nominations (6/6/2021).
- "My dream for the film -- and for Aretha and her legacy -- was to create a piece of cinema that feels like a classic you have to see in a movie theater. You have to see it on a big screen because her life was so big it deserved that." – Liesl Tommy, director of Respect (6/6/2021).
- Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise” and is the creator of TV's Nashville, is writing the script (3/9/19).
- Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was handpicked by Aretha Franklin to play her before the singer's death (1/11/19).
- June 2021: The film was in Completed status.
- December 2019: The film was in Post-Production status.
- January 2019: The film was in Pre-Production status.
- March 2018: The film was in Development status.
Stage director Liesl Tommy is on-board to direct the biopic.