Photo caption: (l-r) Marc Maron stars as Jerry Wexler, Marlon Wayans as Ted White and
Jennifer Hudson | Photo credit: Quantrell D. Colbert
Jennifer Hudson brings her star power and vocal gift to the upcoming film, Respect, set to be released in theaters on Aug. 13. Hudson received Aretha Franklin’s blessing to portray her in the upcoming biopic which also features a stellar cast, including Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.
Following the rise of 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.
Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an associate artist at the Berkeley Rep and an artist trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.
The story was written by Callie Khouri (Oscar® winner for Writing, Thelma & Louise) and the screenplay was written by Tracey Scott Wilson. The duo have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson and directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as Emmy® and WGA Award nominations.
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