Jill Scott, Chadwick Boseman cast in James Brown biopic

Jill Scott and Chadwick Boseman

Jill Scott and Chadwick Boseman

Although there’s skepticism around the production of the James Brown biopic, Get On Up, the cast is looking pretty good so far. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in 42, has been cast as James Brown and Jill Scott has been cast to play Brown’s wife. We’re not sure which of Brown’s three wives Scott will portray, but Brown’s first wife Velma Warren seemed to be there at the start and the rise of his fame.

The film is being directed by Tate Taylor, who directed The Help, which will follow Brown’s humble beginnings, his rise to stardom, his struggles with addiction, domestic violence and the near loss of his fortune. Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lennie James have also been cast in the film which starts production this month targeting an October 2014 release.

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