Deadline reports they’ve heard the dailies of Jennifer Hudson in MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic Respect are “mind-blowing.” The studio has so much confidence in the project, in fact, that they’ve moved the release date from October 9 to Christmas day. (And hopefully, we will be allowed to go to movie theaters by then!)
While many studios jockey to launch their awards-season fare in the thick of autumn, a movie can still go in the tail-end holiday season to garnish buzz and bucks, i.e., American Sniper, 1917 and Hidden Figures, all of which were blockbusters and Oscar-lauded movies.
Respect stars J-Hud as Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington (oooooh, that’ll be something!), and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.
So: Another Oscar for Jennifer?
(photo via MGM)