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Jennifer Hudson Takes Lead Role As Aretha Franklin In New Biopic

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Jennifer Hudson dazzles as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in a powerful trailer for the upcoming biopic Respect.

The upcoming film follows Franklin’s extraordinary journey to worldwide stardom.

Despite being an established and award-winning artist herself, Hudson said that playing Franklin meant re-evaluating everything she knew about music.

The 39-year-old singer has been playing the piano daily and focusing on capturing Franklin’s personality and mannerisms.

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She is also trying not to imitate the A Natural Woman singers distinct voice and is blending the icons style with her own.

Directed by Liesl Tommy and starring Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, and Mary J. Blige alongside Oscar winning Hudson, the movie is set to release on August 13.

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