Jennifer Hudson on bringing Aretha Franklin to the big screen

​Who is Aretha Louise Franklin?

Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She also Stated as the “Queen of Soul.” Career as a child, she found acclaim and commercial success once she signed with Atlantic Records in 1966. Aretha Franklins’ commercial hits such as “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think” and “I Say a Little Prayer” and many more.

Jennifer Hudson was also known by her nickname J.Hud. she was chosen by Aretha Franklin to play the singer in the biopic Respect.

Hudson’s breakthrough was her outstanding performance in 2006’s Dreamgirls, which earned her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Later, Franklin was so impressed she put forward Hudson’s name to star in a biopic about her life.

The project came after 2019. While the extensive development period allowed Hudson to bring more experience to the role.
Hudson said in a statement:

“Even when it was time to film, I was still freaking out in my mind about it. But because she had said, ‘I want you to play me’, that gave me the courage to be able to get through it.
“Respect follows Franklin’s life as a child singing in her father’s church choir to international superstardom, sparked by her 1967 hit of the same name.”

Hudson also added

“We all have a respect for Miss Aretha Franklin, but by the time you’re done with this film, I hope you walk away with newfound respect. When you see her humanity and all the things she overcame to prevail in life, I hope that makes you respect her even more.”

The glossy new biopic starring Jennifer Hudson succeeds because it shows us the woman who struggled and suffered on her way to becoming the unquestionable ‘Queen of Soul’. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom — it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Directed by Liesl Tommy.

Hudson highlighted Franklin’s staggering talent

“it was a gift from God and she was anointed; it was as simple as that,”

Here is the trailer of the film Respect: