Monday, September 2, 2013

Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown in Biopic

Chadwick Boseman
James Brown
Chadwick Boseman has signed on to star as James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, in a biopic directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help") and produced by Oscar winner Brian Grazer ("24", "Frost/Nixon", "Apollo 13"). The film, titled "Get on Up", has been in the making for over a decade, but now that a lead actor has been found, the production is being fast-tracked. There are also rumors floating around that Taylor will also bring back a few of the cast members from "The Help" - Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis. The script has been written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game") and will detail James Brown's impoverished childhood and his rise to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. Mick Jagger, Erica Huggins and Victoria Pearman will co-produce the biopic. The release date has been set for October 17, 2014. Here is the official press release:
"In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in GET ON UP. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) and Erica Huggins (Flightplan) produce for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Under his Wyolah Films label, Taylor also serves as a producer on GET ON UP, while Wyolah’s John Norris executive produces alongside Trish Hofmann and Peter Afterman."


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