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First Look at Chadwick Boseman in James Brown's Biopic 'Get on Up'

by Vanessa Martinez
January 11, 2014 5:10 PM
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Here's your first look (pictured above) at Chadwick Boseman incarnating James Brown for the upcoming Universal Pictures' biopic titled Get on Up, directed by The Help's Tate Taylor and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.

Universal has moved up the release date of its James Brown biopic to August 1, 2014, taking over the slot previously reserved for its 50 Shades Of Grey film adaptation. Get On Up will compete with Disney's wide release of its adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy on that August release weekend. 

Get on Up, which promises a "warts and all" telling of Brown's life story on film, boasts an impressive cast which includes Jill Scott (one of Brown's wives), Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis (Brown's mom), Octavia Spencer (Brown's aunt),  Lennie James (Brown's father), Nelsan Ellis (Bobby Byrd), Tikka Sumpter (Yvonne Fair) and Keith Robinson.

Get on Up was penned by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, who wrote the script for Fair Game, which starred Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

So far, I'm pleasantly surprised at the transformation, since some of us could hardly imagine Boseman in the lead role. It's only a first look however; we're definitely even more curious and really looking forward to seeing more, especially Boseman actually gettin' on up, from the ground up.

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  • william | January 21, 2014 2:47 AMReply

    Man I hope they do Mr. Dynamite Mr. Outta Sight some justice in his bio! If it's like Ray Charles then it'll be a winner! I'm expecting the soundtrack to be a work of musical art! They need to contact all of his living muscians and get their input to make it real!

  • Donella | January 13, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    That looks like Craig Robinson on the horn.

  • Jess | January 13, 2014 12:04 PMReply

    Alright, Chad!

  • Miles Ellison | January 12, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    That picture looks like Eddie Murphy's James Brown impression from SNL.

  • Jamey | February 10, 2014 7:57 PM

    Sure does. Lol

  • Daryl | January 12, 2014 5:47 PMReply

    I'm not looking foward to seeing this movie, it's going to be watered down typical hollywood bio like 42. They should have let Spike Lee direct it.

  • VM | January 12, 2014 2:10 AMReply

    wait... you wear that... sounds like Anthony Mackie crying.

  • Amin | January 12, 2014 12:16 AMReply

    Chad is a diligent student of his craft. I can't wait to see his performance. Champion him!

  • Qstorm | January 11, 2014 10:13 PMReply

    Hopefully a nice birthday gift for me when I see it on 8/1.

  • CareyCarey | January 11, 2014 6:04 PMReply

    "I'm pleasantly surprised at the transformation"

    YOU ARE!? And what exactly have you seen that we have not? I mean, all I see is Chadwich Boseman "playing like" he's some guy (lord know who) from the past. Hell, he could be playing Chuck Berry or Little Richard for all we know from the way his butter is whipped in this picture, because he sure ain't screaming James Brown. And with Craig Robinson playing the sax over his should, I knew we were in make-believe land.

    But you're right, the truth will be told when it's gettin' on up, from the ground up time. If Chadwick can't do the James Brown, he's gonna have to get off the stage. And, since nobody that I've seen has captured James Brown's moveS other than Prince and Michael Jackson (2 MEGA STAR DANCING MACHINES), Mr. Boseman has his hands full.

  • L f B | February 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    See there is your problem...I have faith he will do an outstanding job like I saw in 42, as a movie goer I believe that...what u believe is on you, but don't bring the next man down because u don't! Chill!

  • CC | February 27, 2014 11:27 AM

    Oh really Lisa... how does that work? Do you have that phone number? You know, that instant hit-maker in Brooklyn, I'm sure more would like to talk with him.

  • Lisa from brookyn | February 27, 2014 11:04 AM

    Oh keep quiet, Chad can do all things through Christ who strengthens him! Chad is an excellent singer and dancer...u just wait!

  • Mark and Darla | January 11, 2014 5:54 PMReply

    For some odd reason this photo remind me of a young Mick singing 'Can't get satisfy'

  • Man-Over-Bored | January 12, 2014 12:57 AM

    Mick would be flattered to death to hear that, Mark and Darla!

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