Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT

The cast also includes Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, and more.

Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson as legendary singer Aretha Franklin.

See it only in theaters on August 13, 2021.

The cast also includes Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Kimberly Scott as Mama Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Heather Headley as Clara Ward, Skye Dakota Turner as Young Aretha Franklin, Tate Donovan as John Hammond, and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington.

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 Writing, 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.

See photos from the film below!

Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert


Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT
Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin and Forest Whitaker as her father C.L. Franklin.

Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT
Jennifer Hudson

Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT
(l-r.) Brenda Nicole Moorer stars as Brenda Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT
Marlon Wayans stars as Ted White and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT
Marc Maron stars as Jerry Wexler, Marlon Wayans as Ted White and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

Photo Flash: See Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & More in Photos From Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT
Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington

TodayTix Black Friday

Related Stories

More Hot Stories For You


STOMP Will Close in New York City Next Month After Nearly 29 YearsSTOMP Will Close in New York City Next Month After Nearly 29 Years
December 6, 2022

The award-winning percussion, rhythm and comedy sensation, STOMP will end its (almost) 29-year run on January 8, 2023. STOMP's North American and European tours will continue to run.

EVITA Revival Will Be Produced at A.R.T. in May 2023EVITA Revival Will Be Produced at A.R.T. in May 2023
December 6, 2022

A new revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Evita is headed to the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in May 2023, led by Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. The A.R.T., in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company, will produce Evita May 14 - July 16, 2023 at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square.

Tickets On Sale Now For A DOLL'S HOUSE Starring Jessica ChastainTickets On Sale Now For A DOLL'S HOUSE Starring Jessica Chastain
December 6, 2022

Tickets for the upcoming Broadway revival of A Doll's House, starring Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain, are now on sale to the general public.

INTO THE WOODS Will Bring Broadway Cast to Cities Across AmericaINTO THE WOODS Will Bring Broadway Cast to Cities Across America
December 6, 2022

The Broadway revival of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which concludes its engagement at the St. James Theatre on January 8, play engagements in select cities across the United States. Learn more about the cast, where the show will be, how to get tickets, and more!

VIDEO: Lea Michele Sings 'I'm the Greatest Star' From FUNNY GIRL and Shares She's Heard From Barbra StreisandVIDEO: Lea Michele Sings 'I'm the Greatest Star' From FUNNY GIRL and Shares She's Heard From Barbra Streisand
December 6, 2022

Lea Michele performed 'I'm the Greatest Star' from Funny Girl on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday, December 5. The episode aired from 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET on NBC is available to stream today on Peacock.