Watch: First Look at Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Upcoming Biopic, ‘Get on Up’

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get on Up' (2014)

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in ‘Get on Up’ (2014)

Chadwick Boseman (42) stopped by the TODAY show on Wednesday to give us a behind the scenes look at his role as James Brown in the upcoming biopic, Get on Up.

The actor was joined by the film’s producers Brian Grazer and Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger to discuss the warts-and-all Universal Pictures’ film, set for release on August 1st.

Watch: Funky First Trailer for James Brown Biopic, ‘Get On Up,’ Starring Chadwick Boseman

Directed by Tate Taylor, the film’s cast reportedly includes Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) as longtime Brown collaborator Bobby Byrd, Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?) as Brown’s second wife Deidre “Dee-Dee” Jenkins; Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots) as singer Yvonne Fair, Viola Davis (The Help) as James Brown’s mother Susie, Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) as his aunt Honey, Keith Robinson (35 and Ticking) as guitarist Baby Roy, Lennie James (Colombiana) as Brown’s father Joe, Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) as his agent Ben Bart, Craig Robinson (This Is the End) as saxophonist Maceo Parker, New Edition’s Ralph Tresvant as singer Sam Cooke.

Enjoy a first look at Chadwick Boseman playing James Brown in Get On Up below.