Chadwick Boseman Has Soul as James Brown in First 'Get on Up' Trailer
"You wanna go down in history as the man that killed the funk?" After bringing Jackie Robinson to life in 42, actor Chadwick Boseman has another biopic coming this year, but this time it's a microphone in his hand instead of a baseball bat. Tate Taylor (The Help) directs Get On Up, the story of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and the first trailer has arrived. It certainly looks lively, until the serious part of the story kicks in with Viola Davis showing up as the singer's estranged mother. This could be great, but we hope it doesn't just graze the surface like 42. Also keep an eye out for Dan Akyroyd and Craig Robinson. Watch!
Get On Up is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game, The Last Legion) with Steven Baigelman (Feeling Minnesota, Brother's Keeper). Based on the incredible life story of James Brown (Chadwick Boseman), the film takes a look inside the music, moves and moods of the Godfather of Soul, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jill Scott also star in the film produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, and Universal releases it August 1st.