Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) stars in Respect, chronicling the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom
Respect co-stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and two-time Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige.
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.
With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar winner for Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, 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.
MGM will release Respect this December.