Get On Up – Yvonne Fair, Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter Joins Cast of James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’

Tika Sumpter to play singer Yvonne Fair in James Brown biopic, 'Get On Up'

Tika Sumpter to play singer Yvonne Fair in James Brown biopic, ‘Get On Up’

Actress/model Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots/Sparkle) has joined the cast of Universal’s forthcoming James Brown biopic titled, Get On Up.

She’ll play Yvonne Fair, a singer who got her start touring on the James Brown Revue, and recorded the original version of his classic “I Got You (I Feel Good).”

Starring Chadwick Boseman as James Brown, the Tate Taylor-directed film will also feature Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James and Keith Robinson.

Filming now in Mississippi, the film’s release date has been moved up from October 17, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

That time slot was previously reserved for the 50 Shades Of Grey film adaptation, now pushed to February 13, 2015, and Get On Up will compete with Disney’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The film is produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, with the screenplay written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.

[spotted via shadowandact]