Due in part to the critically low volume of people heading to terrestrial theaters, MGM initially decided to delay the premier to January 15th of 2021 from their original August 2020 release date. The production house has now rescheduled the release for an August 13th of 2021 drop allowing for extra time to gain momentum in hopes that movie goers will feel more comfortable with the in-person theater experience next year.
Respect, stars Jennifer Hudson, who won a supporting actress Oscar for Dreamgirls, and was personally selected for the role by Franklin before the R&B legends passing in 2018 at the age of 76. Watch the trailer for the upcoming film here.
Starting with “Respect” in 1968 and “Chain of Fools” in 1969, Franklin won 17 Grammys and the film, directed by Liesl Tommy, also stars Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Tituss Burgess as the Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.