The first trailer for Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, has been released ahead of the film reaching cinemas next year.

Directed by Liesl Tommy (Jessica Jones), and also starring Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner and Mary J Blige, Respect follows "the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom".

Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin at the musical The Color Purple in New York in December 2015

Franklin passed away in August 2018 at the age of 76. Hudson was among the performers who sang at her funeral service in Detroit, Michigan.

Franklin was the subject of an acclaimed concert documentary, Amazing Grace, last year.

Jennifer Hudson singing at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit, Michigan in August 2018

Respect is due for release on January 22, 2021.

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