Jennifer Hudson is Oscar-winning singer and performer as a supporting actress for Dreamgirls, to step into the shoes of soul queen Aretha Franklin in Respect, a biopic produced by Mgm, directed by South African director Teisl Tommy, due out in the US at the end of the year and soon in Italy with Eagle Pictures. In the first trailer, also available online in the Italian version, the images flow right on the notes of Respect, the 1965 song by Otis Redding, which became a global hit in the 1967 version of Aretha Franklin.
In the first scenes we see the great artist in some fundamental moments of her journey: the difficult beginnings, the birth of the partnership with the producer Jerry Wexler (Marc Maron), and her civil commitment: “You have to make war when you can’t find the peace, “he explains.
Among the cast, among others also the Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and one of the most awarded Broadway stars, Audra McDonald, in the roles of the singer’s parents, and among others, Marlon Wayans, Tituss Burgess and Mary J. Blige, in the part of another soul star, Dinah Washington.
“It’s amazing how much (the film) has similarities to what’s going on – explained Jennifer Hudson – I can’t almost find the words, but it’s as if a voice from the past speaks even louder today, showing how much its music was and is timeless”.
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