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Jennifer Hudson set to star as Aretha Franklin

Many movies have been made about singing stars. Among the most recent are Elton John, played by Taron Egerton in "Rocketman," and Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek in "Bohemian Rhapsody."

One of the most powerful voices of the last half century, though, will be featured in the upcoming release titled "Respect." And that, of course, refers to the hit song by the great Aretha Franklin.

Casting for such movies is always problematic. Who, for example, could match the power and style of Franklin? The answer that director Liesl Tommy and the producers came up with seems like a good one: Jennifer Hudson, the singer who won a 2007 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Dreamgirls."

Depending on how things go with the COVID-19 quarantine, "Respect" is scheduled for a Dec. 30 big-screen release. The embed below, though, gives a quick tease as to what we can expect.