Chadwick Boseman Has Soul as James Brown in First 'Get on Up' Trailer

March 13, 2014
Source: Apple

Get On Up

"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!

Here's the first trailer for Tate Taylor's Get On Up, originally from Apple (via The Film Stage):

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.

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Very fun stuff. This seems like it came together awfully fast.

DAVIDPD on Mar 13, 2014


Which worries the hell out of me. Cookie cutter script and the only thing that was going to make anyone want to see this was Chadwick's take and I was none too impressed. Every scene, in this trailer, seemed so forced. I worry. Now all thats left is Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone biopic...argghhh scary. That being said Andre 3000, so far as I can see, is a front runner for an Oscar with his take on Hendrix.

Why? on Mar 17, 2014


Looks great

Lin Group on Mar 13, 2014


Im down like James Brown to watch this.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 14, 2014


Who doesn't like James Brown? The man was a genius.

Carpola on Mar 15, 2014


what passes for "must watch" and what doesn't on this site is very odd. this trailer is "must watch" in my book - the movie looks great.

dan on Mar 16, 2014


This looks like a trailer for Dreamgirls or Chicago. JB's life was darker than this shit.

Why? on Mar 17, 2014

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