Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to play James Brown in the bio-pic about The Godfather of Soul. Variety reported that the as-yet untitled film will star Boseman, who portrayed Jackie Robinson this year in “42,” as the ground-breaking R&B singer who died in 2006.
"The Help" director Tate Taylor will direct the film about The Godfather of Soul, singer. The producers will be Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.
Jez and John-Henry Butterworth wrote the script, which will follow the young James Brown as he rose out of poverty in the South and avoided a path of violence, eventually becoming one of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time and earning the moniker of The Godfather of Soul.
According to reports, James Brown was involved with the film up until his passing in 2006. The Wrap reports that "The Help" stars Viola Davis, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis are also being considered for roles in the film. The majority of the film will be shot in Mississippi, according to the Variety report.