James Brown biopic lands '42' star
August 27th, 2013
05:47 PM ET

James Brown biopic lands '42' star

It looks like Chadwick Boseman is set to play another American legend.

The actor who played the man who broke baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson, in April's "42" is now set to play James Brown in Universal's upcoming biopic about the iconic singer.

Boseman received critical acclaim when he played the Brooklyn Dodger first baseman, and he's now being tasked with taking on arguably one of R&B's greatest artists. But he wasn't the only one considered for the part.

The film - which began as a project back in 2001 - has gone through many different potential Godfathers of Soul, including Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy (who famously played Brown in the "James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party" sketch back on "Saturday Night Live" in the 80s) before going with Boseman.

However, there will be more than just one music legend on set. Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger is producing the film under his Jagged Films banner, along with Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins.

Tate Taylor - who directed "The Help" - will be filming the as-yet-untitled biopic in Mississippi this fall.

As for Boseman, he'll have time to practice his moves before he dons Brown's dancing shoes, as he next stars in Ivan Reitman's 2014 release, "Draft Day."


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  1. Peace ☮

    Mick Jagger produces films? Jagged films? Dang, I learn something new everyday!

    August 28, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Deshawn

    I wonder if the script will accurately depict Brown's wife-beating, PCP addiction, and tax evasion. I'm sure I've overlooked some other crimes. Mick Jagger producing? I wonder what control he'll wield over the content.

    August 28, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Cassandra

      Really now? Those things will probably override the entire movie. Wonder what the real story is over Spike Lee not hired on as director? I guess ignorance has a bigger and longer thread than I've always thought.

      August 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anthony mackey

    As much as I like him, Chris Brown would've been the obvious choice with the big smile, round face, and his dancing.

    August 28, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      As much as I dis-like Chris Brown, he's way too normal looking to play the legendary-but-round-faced little munchkin who was James Brown.

      August 28, 2013 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gergle

    I didn't know James Brown played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    August 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |

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