The film year is still an unknown entity but the studio machines rage on in building excitement for their upcoming features. That’s the case with United Artists’ drop of the new teaser for “Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic.
Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls“) as the Grammy-winning singer, the film is directed by Liesl Tommy in her feature film debut. Tommy rose to fame becoming the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for “Eclipsed.”
With a story by Oscar-winner Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise“) and Tracey Scott Wilson, the film could be prime Oscar-bait for the upcoming awards season, which has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the latest awards predictions for the Academy Awards, Hudson is ranked #7 in the Best Actress charts, sitting behind Amy Adams’ upcoming role in Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy.” Hudson won an Oscar in 2006 for her role as Effie White in Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls,” plowing through the awards season and winning trophies at the Golden Globes and SAG ceremonies.
Since then, Hudson has had roles in “Black Nativity,” “Chi-Raq,” and most recently “Cats.” She also won a Grammy in 2008 for Best R&B Album for her self-titled debut and then won another in 2017 for Best Musical Theatre Album for “The Color Purple.”
“Respect” currently sits in the #28 spot in Best Picture while director Tommy stands at #30 in Best Director. The screenplay, classified in Original, stands at #27 just ahead of the Sundance hit “I Carry You With Me.”
The rest of the movie’s cast is sprinkled throughout the prediction charts as well. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland“) is marked at #19 while Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound“) lands at #22. Look for co-star Audra McDonald to debut on the next chart update in her role as Barbara Franklin, Aretha’s mother.
Check out the trailer and the synopsis down below:
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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