Watch: The first teaser for the Aretha Franklin biopic sees Jennifer Hudson belting an a cappella rendition of ‘Respect’

'RESPECT' is set for release in 2020

The first teaser for the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic has arrived, and it sees Jennifer Hudson belting an a cappella rendition of “Respect.”

The clip from the Liesl Tommy-directed film sees Hudson playing the role of Franklin, performing “Respect” on an empty stage, as she’s backlit in gold. Hudson’s rendition of the hit track is almost entirely a cappella, with some soft backing vocals and an ambient synth line. When Hudson reaches the chorus, the word “Respect” appears in bright lights behind her.

Watch the trailer for RESPECT below.
 

 
RESPECT is set for release in 2020.