Aretha Franklin has a biopic coming in 2020 and the beautiful and talented Jennifer Hudson will be starring as the iconic songstress. Very few have the ability to both sing and act to make this role come to life, so Hudson was no brainer when casting for the role. Filming began last week in Atlanta.
The film takes on the title, Respect, named after one of Franklin's most popular songs ever from the late 1960's. The movie is being directed by Liesl Tommy, who has also directed powerhouses in stage plays, such as Lupita Nyong'o. The film was written by Callie Khouri, the person who penned Thelma & Louise, which won an Oscar. Scott Bernstein, producer of Straight Outta Compton will produce the film along with Harvey Mason, Jr. The movie is based on the memoir written by Franklin in 1999, Aretha: From These Roots.
With an August 14, 2020, release date, the film will come out 2 days shy of the singer's passing in 2018. Ironically in 2011, Franklin stated she wanted Halle Berry to play her, but was worried about the actress having to sing. But, she said, "if for instance it’s Jennifer Hudson, she might sing one or two, but the rest would still be my original records."
Aretha deserves to tell her story told on the big screen. She received 18 Grammys in her time as a signer, with "Respect" being her first win in 1968. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the NAACP Hall of Fame. While he was president, George W. Bush awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.