There are two Aretha Franklin projects in the works. One of them is part of National Geographic’s Genius limited series and will star Cynthia Erivo. There was a teaser trailer for it a couple months ago, but it was delayed from its planned Memorial Day Weekend start date and we still don’t know when it’s going to come out.
The other one is Respect, an MGM-backed biopic starring Jennifer Hudson which is planning to hit theaters this December, provided that most movie theaters are even open by then. Mary J. Blige and Marc Maron are in the cast and back in December we got a super brief clip of Hudson performing as Franklin.
During the BET Awards last night — where Hudson was also on hand to cover “Young, Gifted & Black” — we got our first extended look at the film and saw some of the rest of the cast, which includes Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, and more. Check out the teaser trailer and watch Hudson’s BET Awards performance below.