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Watch: First Trailer & New Photos Of James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

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by Edward Davis
March 13, 2014 7:25 PM
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It’s taken the story of James Brown’s musical legacy a decade or more to get to the big screen. Spike Lee was adamant about making it, but the biopic fell through his fingers a few years back (with potentially Eddie Murphy in tow, imagine that?). Perhaps in what might be a safer, more crowd-pleasing, awards-friendly version, Universal is releasing “Get On Up” this summer from Tate Taylor, the director of “The Help,” and Chadwick Boseman, the star of “42,” as the godfather of soul before he was king.

Here’s the official synopsis.

In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.

A new trailer and new photos have arrived which you can see below. Starring Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd, "Get On Up" hits theaters on August 1st.

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5 Comments

  • James Willis JR. | March 20, 2014 8:08 PMReply

    Who will play MC MR. DANNY RAY in the movie get on up he was their at the start,

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | March 14, 2014 4:18 AMReply

    Seems odd that they couldn't get Jagger to play himself in this. I mean, it's not like the guy's aged much since then despite being a 5,000 year old rock 'n' roll mummy.

  • Sean | March 13, 2014 11:49 PMReply

    Looks brilliant!!!

    Chadwick looks to be a revelation! Big fan of the young African American actor! His career looks so ambitious & bright I really hope to see good things come from him

    The pic overall looks to be in a great place: directing wise, the look of the film & the feel of the film.

  • No | March 13, 2014 10:28 PMReply

    This looks like it is going to be fun. Good gawd!

  • Fuzz | March 13, 2014 10:25 PMReply

    "From the director of 'The Help'... who then went and bought one of the most notorious former plantations in Mississippi with the proceeds from the film."

    Looks comfortably white enough, I guess.

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