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Jennifer Hudson dons a retro bun and swing coat as she channels Aretha Franklin for Respect biopic

Jennifer Hudson was reportedly handpicked, by the Queen of Soul herself, to take on the starring role in her biopic Respect. 

And the 38-year-old American Idol alum has transformed into Aretha Franklin as she films in New York City. 

Just days after the first photos from set were released, Hudson was seen again in retro garb on Wednesday. 

Transformation: Jennifer Hudson has transformed into legendary singer Aretha Franklin while filming the Respect biopic in New York City on Wednesday 

Jennifer looked plucked from the 1960s, with her hair styled up in a retro ‘do. 

She was wrapped up up in a golden swing coat, that landed at her knee, over a red patterned dress that tied into a bow around her neck. 

Footwear was kept sensible and true to the era, as the Dreamgirls star wore brown kitten heels.

She seemed to have a worried expression on her face, and walked with her hands clasped at her waist.  

Worried: She seemed to have a worried expression on her face, and walked with her hands clasped at her waist

Worried: She seemed to have a worried expression on her face, and walked with her hands clasped at her waist 

Compared: Jennifer looked plucked from the 1960's, with her hair styled up in a retro bun, with sparse bangs hitting her forehead

OG: She struck a strong resemblance to the late singer, even matching winged eyeliner

Compared: Jennifer looked plucked from the 1960’s, with her hair styled up in a retro bun, with sparse bangs hitting her forehead, she struck a strong resemblance to the late singer

For accessories she wore gold hoop earrings and was spotted with a large diamond wedding ring. 

Previous pictures from set showed Jennifer filming with Marlon Waynes who plays her on-screen husband, Ted White. 

Aretha was just 19 when she tied the knot with Ted, and together they had a son, Ted White Jr.     

Ted was reportedly abusive to Aretha, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1969.   

Retro: She was wrapped up up in a golden swing coat, that landed at her knee, over a red patterned dress that tied into a bow around her neck

Retro: She was wrapped up up in a golden swing coat, that landed at her knee, over a red patterned dress that tied into a bow around her neck 

All my sisters with me: She was joined by two other actresses, who play Aretha's sisters, for a walk and talk through the park, before they all grabbed a seat on a nearby bench. Both ladies were equally dressed in retro style and high up-dos

All my sisters with me: She was joined by two other actresses, who play Aretha’s sisters, for a walk and talk through the park, before they all grabbed a seat on a nearby bench. Both ladies were equally dressed in retro style and high up-dos

Location: Wednesday's filming took place in a beautiful park, with trees turned for the season into warm golden hues

Location: Wednesday’s filming took place in a beautiful park, with trees turned for the season into warm golden hues 

Wednesday’s filming took place in a beautiful park, with trees turned for the season into warm golden hues. 

She was joined by two other actresses, who play Aretha’s sisters, for a walk and talk through the park, before they all grabbed a seat on a nearby bench. Both ladies were equally dressed in retro style and high up-dos.  

Hailey Kilgore, 20, who plays younger sister Carolyn Franklin, was dressed in a yellow and black tweed box coat, orange sweater and brown pants.

While Saycon Sengbloh, 42, who plays elder sister Erma Franklin, donned an unbuttoned teal brief coat and a white and blue patterned dress. 

Younger: Hailey Kilgore, 20, who plays younger sister Carolyn Franklin, was dressed in a yellow and black tweed box coat, orange sweater and brown pants (pictured left)

Younger: Hailey Kilgore, 20, who plays younger sister Carolyn Franklin, was dressed in a yellow and black tweed box coat, orange sweater and brown pants (pictured left)

Older: While Saycon Sengbloh, 42, who plays elder sister Erma Franklin, donned an unbuttoned teal brief coat and a white and blue patterned dress (pictured right)

Older: While Saycon Sengbloh, 42, who plays elder sister Erma Franklin, donned an unbuttoned teal brief coat and a white and blue patterned dress (pictured right)

Not seen on Tuesday but also starring in the film are Forest Whitaker (as her father C.L. Franklin), Audra McDonald (as mother Barbara Franklin), Mary J. Blige (as fellow musician Dinah Washington) and Tate Donovan (as John Hammond). 

Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect tells the life story of Aretha, who died at age 76 in 2018. 

The late music icon was directly involved with development of the film, including actress selection, up until her death in August.  

Respect is set for release August 14, 2020.  

The next season of National Geographic’s Genius series will also focus on the life of Franklin, with Cynthia Erivo in the lead role. 

My say: The late music icon was directly involved with development of the film, including actress selection, up until her death in August, the film will be released in August 2020, almost two years to the day of her death

My say: The late music icon was directly involved with development of the film, including actress selection, up until her death in August, the film will be released in August 2020, almost two years to the day of her death

On screen: Marlon Waynes will play her ex-husband Ted White

On screen: Marlon Waynes will play her ex-husband Ted White

 

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