Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Heads To Christmas For Awards Season Rollout
EXCLUSIVE: I hear the dailies of Jennifer Hudson in MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic Respect are thoughts blowing, and to tee off the characteristic good, the studio is transferring it off its Oct. 9 launch date for a restricted Christmas Day debut.
From there, Respect will increase on January eight in theaters with a full-on large launch on January 15, which is MLK weekend.
Whereas many studios jockey to launch their awards season fare within the thick of autumn, a film can nonetheless go within the tail-end vacation season to garnish buzz and bucks, i.e. American Sniper, 1917 and Hidden Figures, all of which had been blockbusters and Oscar-lauded films.
Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy, and stars Dreamgirls Oscar winner Hudson as Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Titus Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.
Respect was set to go large on Oct. 9 and strikes away from 20th Century Studios’ Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie characteristic adaptation Dying on the Nile and Warner Bros.’ The Witches.
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