Some of black Hollywood’s brightest stars have been recruited to tell Aretha Franklin’s story in her upcoming biopic, Respect. Alongside Jennifer Hudson, the cast will include Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Forrest Whitaker and Audra McDonald, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
McDonald will play her mother while Whitaker will portray Franklin’s father, who was a renowned pastor in her hometown with womanizing ways. Wayans will star as Franklin’s first husband, Ted White, whom became abusive after she married him at 19. Blige will play Dinah Washington.
The biopic will follow Franklin’s life from childhood through her rise to stardom. The film will obviously feature the title track “Respect” along with “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Chain of Fools,” “Ain’t No Way,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “Amazing Grace, ” ” There’s A Fountain Filled With Blood,” “Spanish Harlem” and “Young, Gifted and Black.”
Respect will hit theaters August 14th, 2020.