Chadwick Boseman portrayed infamous baseball player Jackie Robinson in this year’s biopic 42. Now Boseman is taking on another iconic role. He has signed on to play James Brown in an upcoming biopic about the legendary “Godfather of Soul”. Boseman could play baseball, but can he sing?
Tate Taylor (The Help) is set to direct the film from a script by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game). Universal Pictures is releasing the film, which will be produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer. Also onboard as a producer is Mick Jagger, a legendary musician in his own right.
A James Brown biopic has been in the works for quite some time as producer Grazer began working on the project back when the singer was still alive. Brown himself was an active participant in the film’s development until his death in 2006. At one point, Jamie Foxx was being considered for the lead role.
According to Deadline.com, “The story charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become The Godfather Of Soul, one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades.” As for the timeline, director Tate Taylor revealed the following, “The film will begin when Brown was about 5 years old and will extend to about 1993.” As for the specific events of Brown’s life that the film will cover, Taylor says, “You have to buy a ticket and come see it.”
The biopic is set to film this fall in Mississippi.