For better or for worse, we are living in the cinematic age of the music biopic. Some of them have been great, then there are others like Starman, which currently linger on an IMDb score of 4.1 out of ten.
Based on the latest trailer for the forthcoming Aretha Franklin feature, Respect, there is more than enough hope that it might be a goodie.
The film will chart the singers rise from her schooldays as a gospel singer, all the way to her crowning as the ‘Queen of Soul’, with Jennifer Hudson taking on the role.
Sadly, the picture has been delayed several times owing to the pandemic, however, it finally looks set to premiere in the States on August 13th and in the UK on September 10th.
Hudson will star alongside Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Tituss Burgess, Audra McDonald, and Marc Maron. It will be director Liesl Tommy’s debut feature-length outing, having made her name at the helm of Jessica Jones and Walking Dead episodes.
The project has also previously encountered controversy after Franklin’s son Kecalf spoke out against the film and urged fans to boycott the project. He took to Facebook to write (in all caps): “Once again….. The Franklin family (does not) support the movie that is in production! Nor do we support the book The Queen Next Door,” he wrote. “Neither entity felt the need to contact the (core) family about anything. How can you make a movie about a person and not talk to the persons, sons or grandchildren about important information?”
Strangely, this lack of consultancy with the family seems to be a recurring problem with many large scale projects in recent year. For now, though, you can catch a trailer below and see for yourself.