‘Respect’ now set for wide release MLK Weekend

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We may have to wait a few additional weeks for Respect, but the wait will be worth it!

The Aretha Franklin biopic is building anticipation the more we hear the powerhouse that is Jennifer Hudson cover Aretha’s music. The BET awards were at the end of June and Jennifer Hudson performed a rendition of “Young, Gifted & Black” by Aretha Franklin, which was followed by a trailer for the film.

You can watch the BET performance with the movie trailer below:

Following the performance and the fantastic response from viewers and fans, MGM/United Artists Releasing has decided that instead of a limited release of the film over Christmas, they will now hold off and do a wide release MLK weekend, January 15, 2021.

Earlier this year the Academy extended the Oscar-qualifying period to the end of February which could have helped them make the decision for a wide release. There seems to be no doubt that Jennifer Hudson could very well nab an Oscar nomination just from her performance in the trailer alone.

Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy and stars previous Oscar winner for her role in Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington, and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.

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