He’s portrayed an iconic sports figure on the big screen now actor Chadwick Boseman will suit up to play another legend but this time from the music world. The “42” star has been cast to play the late Godfather of Soul James Brown according to a report from Deadline on Monday, Aug. 26.
The project by Universal Pictures will be under the direction of Tate Taylor (“The Help”) and will be produced by Brian Grazer and The Rolling Stone’s legendary front-man Mick Jagger. The biopic will reportedly chronicle Brown’s rise from childhood poverty to soul music stardom. The Grammy winner who amassed many hits during his career including the classics “I Got you I Feel Good” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s World” died in late 2006 at the age of 73.
Boseman’s breakout role was as Los Angeles Dodgers' great Jackie Robinson in the 2013 movie “42” which was filmed in parts of the south including Birmingham, Alabama. An Associated Press report from earlier on Monday quoted Taylor as saying the James Brown biopic will be shot in the state of Mississippi with production starting later this year.