First Look: Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get On Up' Biopic
After playing Jackie Robinson on the big screen in 42, actor Chadwick Boseman is bringing another icon to life, this time in the music world. The Help director Tate Taylor is directing Get On Up, a biopic on the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Boseman plays the energetic singer in the film that is currently shooting in Mississippi. Before passing in 2006, the project had Brown involved behind the scenes, so this should be a rather accurate portrayal of his life. But can Boseman deliver the iconic voice of Brown? Well, apparently Taylor will use a combination of Boseman's voice and an overlay of the singer's actual voice. Anyway, we have the first look photo featuring Boseman singing and Craig Robinson on the saxophone. Look below!
Here's the first photo from Tate Taylor's Get On Up from Entertainment Weekly:
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). The film follows the young James Brown (Chadwick Boseman of 42) as he rose out of poverty, and avoided a path of violence during his rise to prominence, leading him to become one of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer play Brown's mother and aunt respectively with Jill Scott playing his wife. Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger produce the film which Universal Pictures releases on August 1st.