Aretha Franklin Biopic 'Respect' Starring Jennifer Hudson Delays Release

Jennifer Hudson
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Jennifer Hudson performs onstage at All-Star Lineup Pays Tribute At "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 13, 2019 in Los Angeles.

MGM and Bron's Aretha Franklin biopic Respect — starring Jennifer Hudson as the iconic performing artist — is delaying its release yet again amid the ongoing pandemic.

The film is being pushed from Jan. 15, 2021 to Aug. 13, 2021, meaning it will wait out this awards season in favor of a late-summer launch. Recent summer event pics that have gone on to garner major awards attention include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and BlackKkKlansman. Respect will be released domestically via United Artists and internationally via Universal.

Respect's flight comes as the film industry grapples with continued challenges both in the U.S. and overseas, including theater reclosures in several international territories.

MGM on Sunday released the teaser trailer for Respect, which follows the rise of Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom. Franklin died in 2018.

Helmed by Liesl Tommy in her feature directorial debut, Respect also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Marc Maron, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.

In a twinned announcement, MGM said it is taking Tomb Raider 2 off the calendar for now. The sequel, set to be directed by Ben Wheatley and once again starring Alicia Vikander, had been set to hit the big screen on March 19, 2021. Warner Bros. is handling the movie internationally, while it will go out in the U.S. through UA.

Paramount also made further changes to its release calendar on Tuesday, saying it is delaying the release of the CGI sports comedy Rumble from Jan. 29, 2021 to May 14, 2021.

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