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WATCH: First Trailer for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2014 at 11:45AM

A first trailer has arrived for the James Brown biopic "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman (who played another African American icon, Jackie Robinson, in last year's "42") in the title role. Tate Taylor of "The Help" is directing, while Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (Oscar nominated and Oscar winning for "The Help," respectively) have all reteamed for this new film. Watch below.
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'Get On Up'
'Get On Up'

A first trailer has arrived for the James Brown biopic "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman (who played another African American icon, Jackie Robinson, in last year's "42") in the title role. Tate Taylor of "The Help" is directing, while Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (Oscar nominated and Oscar winning for "The Help," respectively) have all reteamed for this new film. Watch below.

"Get On Up" hits theaters August 1, via Universal. Dan Ackroyd and Craig Robinson also star, lending some humor to the trailer. And of course great music is peppering the soundtrack. Mick Jagger is a producer.

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.