Published by Clay Cane on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:00 am.
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A biopic on music legend James Brown has been in the works for the better part of three decades, and at long last the film is here. The first trailer for Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of funk, dropped this week and shows a sweeping portrait of Brown’s rough childhood growing up in a whore house, to his rise to fame. One of the most influential musical artists to ever live, Brown’s sound and signature style has impacted everyone from Prince and Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake.
Get On Up is directed by Tate Taylor, whose debut film The Help was the sleeper hit of 2012. The Help’s Octavia Spencer also stars in the film, and makes an appearance in the trailer. Boseman, who came to notice with his moving portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the 2013 drama 42, looks to be the perfect choice to play Brown.
Check out the trailer for Get On Up below. The film hits theaters on August 1.
Published by Smriti Mundhra on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am.
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Days after it was confirmed that Chadwick Boseman will play James Brown in The Help director Tate Taylor’s upcoming biopic, the highly-anticipated film has a title and a release date.
The film will be called Get On Up, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after one of Brown’s biggest hits. The title also aptly describes Brown’s journey from poverty to superstardom.
Get On Up will hit theaters on October 17, 2014, Universal has confirmed.
The biopic on the Godfather of Soul, who dominated music for six decades and influenced countless artists, including Michael Jackson, has been over a decade in the making. Brown himself was involved with the development until his death in 2006. At different times, Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes were rumored to star.
But the meaty role has ultimately landed in the hands of relative newcomer Boseman, who earned the respect of critics for his portrayal of another historical icon, Jackie Robinson, in 42 earlier this year.
Production on the film begins this September in Mississippi.