Jennifer Hudson portrays the Queen of Soul in "Respect," and she prepared in a number of ways including speaking to Aretha Franklin weekly for 10 years.
Aretha Franklin will be played by Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson in the upcoming biopic about the soul singer and her rise to fame.
"Genius" Season 3 focuses on the life of Aretha Franklin, with Cynthia Erivo playing the legendary soul character alongside a cast that includes Courtney B. Vance, David Cross and Malcolm Barrett.
The "American Idol" judge and bassist has played on a number of albums since the 1980's for artists in a variety of genres.
The country music icon said she is preparing thousands of songs to be released after she dies.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Tony winner Cynthia Erivo will play Franklin in the competing projects.
"He spoke for 50 minutes, and at no time did he properly eulogize her," nephew Vaughn Franklin said.
"Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar."
"Now I want ya'll to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means."
The Army of London tweeted that respect for others underpins the work of the British Army.
The legendary singer is "surrounded by family and people close to her."
Aretha dazzled King, Obama and more with "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors, but whom did she dazzle most?