Jennifer Hudson to play Aretha Franklin in new movie

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Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is taking on another iconic movie role — Aretha Franklin.

The star, who won an Oscar for her performance in “Dream Girls,” will play the “Queen of Soul” in the new movie “Respect.”

Franklin hand-picked Hudson for the role before she died in 2018, and will be credited as producer of the film. In addition to her enormous talent, Aretha Franklin was also a champion of civil rights and social justice.

MGM hopes to release the movie by Christmas 2020.

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