Jennifer Hudson confirmed to play Aretha Franklin in upcoming biopic

Headlines 11/03/2019

Aretha Franklin's life and legacy are getting the silver screen treatment, with the lead role of the legendary singer going to fellow vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson.

According to Deadline, the film, appropriately titled Respect, will debut in August of 2020 via MGM and will be directed by Liesl Tommy while being scripted Oscar winner Callie Khouri. Deadline aslo says that the film will follow Franklin's journey from childhood singing in her fame preacher father's choir to her rise as an international superstar.

Scott Bernstein of Tradecraft and Harvey Mason Jr., who has written and produced for both Franklin and Hudson are both producers on Respect, and as Deadline notes, the film is set to arrive during primetime for Oscar hopefuls to make their commercial debuts.

This isn't Hudson's first musical biopic either, after she won an Academy Award for her role in Dreamgirls. More details still to come.