The picture is slated to recount the “rags-to-riches” story of the hardest working man in show business, from his impoverished childhood, time in prison and ascendancy to superstardom. A sub-plot also involves Brown’s mother, whom will be played by Viola Davis, who abandoned him at age 6, and his aunt (played by Octavia Spencer), who raised him in a brothel.
The trailer is light in form and function, but you do see glimpses of the drama that happened throughout Brown’s life. This also includes an epic shot of a velour jumpsuit wearing Brown toting a shotgun in what looks like a church.
Watch the trailer below:
Boseman as Brown doesn’t send chills up our spine as the latter was truly one-of-a-kind, and it is hard to redo such physical characteristics. But Boseman’s vocal capacity as the funky-mouthed band leader is well done and lends a strong credence as to why anyone who is a fan of the funk and soul movement of the ’70s should check out this movie.
As the trailer promises, “What you have heard is only the beginning.”