Posted by | Ray Cornelius

S&A is reporting that the highly anticipated Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECT is set to debut on August 14, 2020. As previously reported, the film will follow the “Queen of Soul” from her humble beginnings as a singer in her father’s church to becoming one of the greatest voices of the 20th Century.

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will star as Franklin and was selected by her before she passed away. RESPECT is being written by former Nashville creator Callie Khouri and is being directed by Liesl Tommy.

“The story of Aretha Franklin’s journey from child prodigy in Detroit to international supernova is rife with struggle and triumph, making her life one of the great American stories of all time,” Tommy said in a statement in January. “As a filmmaker there is no greater gift than to be able to bring this transcendent chronicle of a woman’s fight for self-realization to visual life with the enormous talents of the soulful Jennifer Hudson, Callie Khouri, and our incredible producers.”

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.