Get On Up trailer

Hot on the heels of this morning’s first-look image, Universal has released the first Get On Up trailer. The Tate Taylor-directed biopic stars Chadwick Boseman – last seen playing another American icon, Jackie Robinson, in 42 – as James Brown, tracing his journey from poor street kid to the Godfather of Soul.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd also star. Watch the video, and check out a big bunch of high-res images, after the jump.

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Chadwick Boseman as James Brown

That’s 42 star Chadwick Boseman above, and below you’ll see Boseman as James Brown in the first shot from the Brown biopic Get on Up. The film also stars Dan Aykroyd as Ben Bart, who presided over Brown’s agency Universal Attractions. The film, which spans much of the singer’s life, also features  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James.

Check out the shot below, and get a bit of new info about the movie courtesy of director Tate Taylor. Read More »

James Brown

Days after Chadwick Boseman took the lead in Tate Taylor‘s biopic of the Godfather of Soul James Brown, that film has a title and release date. It’ll be called Get On Up and will be released October 17, 2014. Also of note: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who worked with Taylor on The Help, are being eyed for roles. Read More »

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman is going from Jackie Robinson to James Brown. The star of 42 has just signed on to play the legendary soul singer in an untitled biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and produced by both rock legend Mick Jagger and Oscar-winner Brian GrazerRead More »

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, will soon have his life portrayed on the big screen. Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer is teaming up with legendary rock star Mick Jagger to producer a still untitled film, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) from a screenplay by Jez & John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game). Grazer has been trying to get this movie done for the better part of a decade and, at one point before his passing, Brown was actively involved.

With financing in place, the producers will now look for distribution and – most importantly – an actor to play the lead. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Spike Lee has told MTV that he wants to use recordings of James Brown for the musical moments in his upcoming biopic of the late, great Godfather of Soul. Wesley Snipes, of whom Lee says “He’s my man”, will be left to just lip-sync and mimic the dance moves.

Fair enough. And that’s all the news there really is to this, the rest is just “context and opinion”, the stuff of the blogger. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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