Watch: Funky First Trailer for James Brown Biopic, ‘Get On Up,’ Starring Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman, who brought Jackie Robinson to life for a whole new generation in 2013’s 42, will hopefully do the same with the upcoming warts-and-all biopic on Godfather of Soul James Brown in Get on Up.
The film’s first official trailer gives us a glimpse at Brown’s triumphant and turbulent rise from destitute poverty in Augusta, Georgia to a becoming a music legend.
The Universal film boasts an all-star cast: 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.
Shot in Natchez and Jackson, Mississippi, the Tate Taylor-directed feature is based on a screenplay by written by Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, and it’s produced by Brian Grazer and Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger.
Get on Up will hit theaters nationwide on August 1st.