The trailer, which debuted during the 2020 BET Awards Sunday (June 28), launches with the silhouette of the singer on stage, before the word “respect” lights up in giant capital letters behind her. The teaser then shows scenes of a young Franklin from struggling artist to legendary musician.
The film also stars Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Tate Donovan, Mary J. Blige, and others. The movie — whose title comes from Franklin’s massive 1967 hit song of the same name — was directed by Liesl Tommy, and hits theaters in December.
After filming wrapped in February, Hudson shared a message on Instagram about her experience making the movie. “To overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream !” she wrote. “It was my honor , to honor the Queens request ! The one and only Queen of soul #ArethaFranklin #respectMovie.”
Prior to portraying Franklin, Hudson won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Effie White in 2006’s Dreamgirls, and also had a role as Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) assistant in the first Sex and the City movie. More recently, she played Grizabella in the 2019 film adaptation of Cats.
During BET’s first virtual awards ceremony, Hudson delivered a standout performance of the Queen of Soul’s “Young, Gifted and Black.”
Franklin died at age 76 in August 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Watch the trailer for Respect below: