Might Taraji P. Henson Be Playing Tammi Terrell In 'Get On Up,' The James Brown Biopic?

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 18, 2013 10:16 AM
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File this one under unconfirmed rumor for now...

We're hearing through the grapevine that Taraji P. Henson has joined the cast of Universal’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up, to play Tammi Terrell.

Assuming this news holds, Henson, who you can currently catch on CBS' Person Of Interest, would be joining Get On Up stars, Chadwick Boseman (as James Brown), Jill ScottDan AykroydViola DavisOctavia Spencer, and Lennie James in the Tate Taylor-directed film.

This may also simply be wishful thinking, given that there is a slight resemblance between Taraji and Terrell (photo above). IMDBPro does currently list Henson as Terrell on the both the project's page as well as on Henson's on page, although, again, as I said at the start, this is unconfirmed. If that changes, I'll update this post.

Last week, Universal moved up the release date of Get On Up from October 172014 to August 12014, taking over the slot previously reserved for its 50 Shades Of Grey film adaptation, which has now been pushed to February 13, 2015.

Get On Up will compete with Disney's wide release of its adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy on that August 1, 2014 weekend.

Shooting on the project has begun, in Mississippi, with Brian Grazer producing alongside Mick Jagger, for Universal Pictures.

Promising a warts and all telling of Brown's life story on film, the screenplay was penned by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (they wrote the script for Fair Game, the Naomi Watts and Sean Penn film).
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6 Comments

  • jaye | April 16, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    you can see some of the scars from james brown and ruffin...

  • beemooree | November 20, 2013 2:10 AMReply

    This is prob true since she was killed off POI tonight

  • Alias | November 18, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    How about Tamyra Gray from American Idol. She can sing, act, has a mole and looks like a young Terrell.

  • Winn | November 18, 2013 7:02 PMReply

    I love this idea, except that Taraji may not quite be able to pull off Terrell' s youth. But is this the same director that foisted The Help upon us? Sigh...

  • @IvoryJeff | November 18, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    I don't think that would be the best casting decision considering that Terrell was 17 when she started working with and dating James Brown, 12 years her senior. Henson is very youthful and can easily pass for younger than her 43 years, but I don't know about TWENTY-SIX years younger. ... https://twitter.com/IvoryJeff/status/402530081064484864

  • ALM | November 18, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Wow. I never realized how much Taraji resembles her until I saw the picture above.

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