After wowing audiences as the legendary Jackie Robinson in 42, actor Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to play the legendary "Godfather of Soul," James Brown in a new biopic.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment have greenlit the long-gestating picture that finds Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins and Mick Jagger all executive producing the picture which will follow Brown's rise from extreme poverty in Georgia to becoming a world famous R&B superstar.
Grazer and Jagger have both been trying to get this picture done and in the bag for the better part of a decade and, at one point before his passing, James Brown, himself, was actively involved in development. The picture will more than likely feature a string of Brown's classic hits from the 1960s and '70s such as "Please, Please, Please," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," and many others. Brown passed away at the age of 73 on Christmas Day 2006.
The script, which will be penned by Jez and John Henry Butterworth, will find a lot of the production taking place in the heart of Mississippi. Boseman, who melted into the role of Jackie Robinson, reportedly beat out several other young actors in recent weeks. This could potentially be a make-it or break-it role for the young Howard alumnus. Up next in the meantime for Boseman is Summit's NFL picture, Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner.
Tate Taylor (The Help) will be directing the biopic, but other than that there is no word as to when production will begin or release date.