James Brown Movie 'Get On Up' Releasing Augst 2014 Starring Chadwick Boseman, Watch New Trailer (VIDEO)
Get On Up is an upcoming movie that will chronicle popstars James Brown's rise from poverty and a bad home life to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history. The movie is directed by Tate Taylor and written by Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, Nelsan Ellis and Tika Sumpter. You can watch the newly released trailer above.
In October 2012, Tate Taylor was announced he will direct the biopic about James Brown along with Mick Jagger and Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer as producers. Along with Boseman, Ellis and Sumpter, the movie stars Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson and Octavia Spencer.
In August 2013 Universal Studios added Chadwick Boseman to play the lead role of James Brown. Later on September 30, Taylor added Viola Davis to play Susie Brown and Octavia Spencer to play Aunt Honey. On October 21, Nelsan Ellis joined the cast of film to portray Bobby Byrd, Brown's longtime friend. Lennie James joined the cast on October 23, to play the role of Brown's father Joseph "Joe" James. On October 24, Universal added James DuMont to cast of the film to play a USO envoy named Corporal Dooley. On October 30, 2013 Kirk Bovill also joined the cast of the film. Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd was added to cast in Get On Up on October 31, Scott will play Brown's wife while Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the President of one of New York's largest talent agencies Universal Attractions Agency.
On November 3, Universal added Keith Robinson in the film to portray the role of Baby Roy, a member of Brown's band. On November 14, Tika Sumpter also joined the cast to play a role of a singer Yvonne Fair. There was a rumor that Taraji P. Henson may join the film to play Tammi Terrell. Nick Eversman joined cast on November 19, to play Mick Jagger. On December 9, 2013, it became public that Brandon Mychal Smith was selected to portray Brown's musical idol Little Richard. On December 20, Josh Hopkins joined the film to portray the role Ralph Bass, a music producer.
Filming took place in Fall 2013 and January 2014 in Natchez, Mississippi and Jackson, Mississippi. Get On Up is set to release to theaters on August 1st from Universal Pictures.
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