'Respect,' the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, is filming in Harlem

Updated: Mar 16, 2020


'Respect,' with Jennifer Hudson starring as Aretha Franklin, is filming in Harlem

A second movie is filming in Harlem this week, and it's a biggie. (See yesterday's post for the other.)

“Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, has been shooting in the Mount Morris Park Historic District since the weekend.

'Respect,' with Jennifer Hudson starring as Aretha Franklin, is filming in Harlem

Various media outlets ran photos and video of the American Idol star filming a scene on Sunday with costar Marlon Wayans, who plays Ted White, Franklin's first husband.

Yesterday vintage cars from the 1950s and 1960s lined W 122nd Street as the film crew prepared the area for a movie scene.

'Respect,' with Jennifer Hudson starring as Aretha Franklin, is filming in Harlem

Hudson was handpicked by the Queen of Soul before she died in 2018.

The movie’s producers told Deadline: “We were given the rare privilege to work with Ms. Franklin directly to curate the stories she most wanted to share.... Over the years, she imparted to us how important it was to her that we share her story on the big screen and how important it was to have Jennifer in this role.”

'Respect,' with Jennifer Hudson starring as Aretha Franklin, is filming in Harlem

The movie is set to hit theaters in August 2020.

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