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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