Respect Movie

Status: Pre-Production As of January 11, 2019

Pre-Production: Key talent and film crew being hired; budgeting, preparing and planning of production schedule; approving final shooting script. Stage director Liesl Tommy is on-board to direct the biopic.

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2020 | Biography Drama

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.

U.S. Release Date

Respect release date is set for Friday, August 14, 2020. This will be a Nationwide in theaters release.

Cast more cast

Jennifer Hudson
Aretha Franklin

Directed by

Liesl Tommy


Callie Khouri


United Artists Releasing & 2 more

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Aretha Franklin begins her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church. With songs like "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think", Franklin gained the title "The Queen of Soul" by the end of the 1960s.
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Trivia & Production Notes

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

Also Known As

  • Untitled Aretha Franklin Project
  • Aretha Franklin Bio Project

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