PHOTOS: Jennifer Hudson commands Respect at L.A. premiere

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson, Executive Producer/Actor, (CREDIT: Steve Cohn)

Aretha Franklin created a road map through her own life experience from being a child music prodigy who grew up with great privilege in a household in Detroit that understood the importance of social protest, racial justice, and community organizing which was centered squarely in the foundation of the Black church — faith, service, and self-actualization. Now, superstar Jennifer Hudson will embody Franklin’s story in the exciting new film Respect, which bows tomorrow in theaters.

Earlier this week on August 8, the film premiered in Westwood at the IPic Theater before a fully vaccinated audience. Before stepping onto the red carpet, Jennifer Hudson paid homage to Franklin with a special outfit worn to a surprise screening last week in Atlanta.

Here are some of those photos. Click on any picture to view the slide show:

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Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom — it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

From a screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson, Liesl Tommy directs and Executive Produces along with Jennifer Hudson, Respect. The film stars Jennifer, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayson, Marc Maron, Mary J. Blige, Tate Donovan and Forest Whitaker.

The film opens in theaters nationwide Friday, August 13.