Get On Up’s Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis & Tika Sumpter Cover Ebony
Not sure why the James Brown biopic actors didn’t cover the magazine’s August issue to coincide with the movie’s release on August 2nd but I digress.
The cast mates appear in a Harlem Renaissance-inspired photo spread shot at the world-famous Apollo Theater, where James Brown performed more than 200 times and produced and financed the first-ever “Live at the Apollo” recording in 1962.
Chadwick gives a phenomenal performance as Get On Up’s leading man, while Nelsan stars as longtime James Brown collaborator Bobby Byrd and Tika as singer Yvonne Fair.
Directed by Tate Taylor, the film also stars Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?) as Brown’s second wife Deidre “Dee-Dee” Jenkins, 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.
The warts-and-all film will give us a glimpse at the Godfather of Soul’s triumphant and turbulent rise from destitute poverty in Augusta, Georgia to a becoming a music legend.
Shot in Natchez and Jackson, Mississippi, the 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. Watch the new clip below.