Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Pushed Back Until Christmas

The release date of the highly anticipated Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, has been pushed back. The biopic, originally scheduled to release on October 9, will now make a limited Christmas Day debut.

The movie, directed by Liesl Tommy, and starring Dreamgirls star and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as Franklin, will expand in theaters on January 8 and then see a wide release on January 15.

The biopic will depict the evolution of Aretha from a child singing gospel to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B.

Forest Whitaker portrays C.L. Franklin in the biopic, and Marlon Wayans appears as Ted White. Mary J. Blige and Tituss Burgess are cast as Dinah Washington and Rev. Dr. James Cleveland, respectively.

Sony’s Kevin Hart movie Fatherhood, Universal’s Simon Kinberg action thriller 355, Warner Bros’ Mortal Kombat and United Artists Releasing’s untitled Guy Ritchie film are among the movies set to make wide entries on January 15.

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