In six months, movie audiences are going a terrific Christmas present, because December 25 is the date that 'Respect' opens, featuring Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson playing the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
MGM released this first teaser trailer during this year's BET Awards, and from what we can see and (more importantly) hear, Hudson really delivers.
'Respect' also boasts a fairly stunning supporting cast, including Mary J. Blige (as Dinah Washington), Queen Latifah (as Mahalia Jackson), Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, and Tituss Burgess.
This is the feature film debut for Liesl Tommy, who, in 2016, became the first black woman nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction for Eclipsed.
'Respect' is scheduled to open in limited release on December 25, and then expanding to wide release by January 15.