An Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson will be arriving in theaters in 2020. Deadline reports that Respect will take a look at Franklin’s journey from a young church choir standout to a respected international superstar.
Hudson is a logical choice to play the 17-time Grammy winner. The former American Idol finalist and The Voice coach was introduced to moviegoers singing and acting while portraying the Effie White in 2006’s Dreamgirls. The role earned her an Oscar and a permanent place in the spotlight as a delightful personality and powerhouse vocalist.
Hudson also earned the approval of the film’s subject. She was one of the performers personally requested by a fatally ill Franklin to perform at her decadent homegoing service.
The studio reportedly has high hopes for the movie, which is being produced by Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Bernstein. Insiders have noted that with its debut scheduled for August 14 it’s clear the film’s creators have their eyes set on awards season.
Can’t wait until 2020? Watch Hudson honor Franklin during Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.