"Get On Up" starring Chadwick Boseman opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 1, 2014. Chadwick Boseman portrays the legendary musician James Brown in a role that not only demands phenomenal character acting skills, but also the ability to command the stage in a manner that pays true homage to the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business." Chadwick Boseman already has an impressive proven track record having successfully portrayed Jackie Robinson in "42," the film that showcased how Jackie Robinson broke the "color barrier" when he started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 1940's, making him the first African American baseball player in major league baseball.
Chadwick Boseman leads a powerful cast of topnotch actors in "Get On Up," including Oscar nominated actor Dan Aykroyd and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer who received an Academy Award in 2012 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in "The Help." Octavia Spencer's "The Help" costar Viola Davis also joins the cast of "Get on Up." Viola Davis was nominated for two Oscars, one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in "The Help" and the second Oscar nomination in 2009 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in "Doubt," also starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Viola Davis' latest project is the upcoming television series "How to Get Away with Murder" produced by Shonda Rhimes who has consistently captivated audiences with her current outrageously successful television programs "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."
The cast of "Get on Up" also includes recording artist and actress Jill Scott and the rising star Tika Sumpter who is best known for her role as the "no nonsense" Candace Young in Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots," a television series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN. The cast alone is reason enough to go see "Get On Up" however, for those who need more incentive, the Rolling Stones Mick Jaggar is among the producers for the highly anticipated film.