First Look : Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’ biopic

More than a decade after Aretha Franklin began talking up a movie about her life, we’ve got the first glimpse of images from the forthcoming “Respect”  with Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson as a vintage Queen of Soul.

The new images show the film’s portrayal of Franklin’s distinctive glittering fashions during the mid-’60s and, later, her trendsetting Afro.

“Respect,” set for limited release Christmas Day ahead of nationwide distribution, also stars Forest Whitaker (father Rev. C.L. Franklin), Audra McDonald (mother Barbara Franklin) and Marlon Wayans (husband-manager Ted White). Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, Tate Donovan and Marc Maron also have roles.

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