Tuesday, August 27, 2013

James Brown Biopic In The Works And Will Star 42 Actor Chadwick Boseman

James Brown’s incredible life story will finally be brought to the big screen in an upcoming biopic. Universal and Imagine Entertainment have given the project the green light, and rising young actor Chadwick Boseman will portray the highly influential funk innovator. Earlier this year, Boseman captivated audiences with his moving portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the acclaimed film 42.

The biopic will be directed by Mississippi-born filmmaker Tate Taylor, who helmed the Oscar-nominated film The Help (2011). So the project has some quality talent on board. In an interview on Monday with the Associated Press, Taylor said the film will be shot entirely in Mississippi.“Every frame will be shot in Mississippi. We're even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi. ... Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi," Taylor said at the Mississippi Coliseum on the state fairgrounds in Jackson, where some scenes will be shot.

The film’s producers include Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, rock titan Mick Jagger, Erica Huggins and Victoria Pearman. British playwright brothers, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, wrote the screenplay. The title of the film has yet to be announced.

According to Taylor, filming will take place in November and December in and near Natchez, a Mississippi River town in the southwestern corner of the state, and in January and February in the capital city of Jackson. The director said the reason he chose Mississippi to film the biopic is that it provides a similar look to the locations where the legendary singer/musician/performer was born and raised. Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. Mississippi is “on the same line of latitude,” Taylor said.

The biopic will chronicle Brown’s life from the age of 5 through 60, where he rose from extreme poverty to become a world-renowned cultural figure. He died on December 25, 2006 at the age of 73, leaving a rich legacy of amazing music and brilliant performances. Brown was one of the most influential artists/performers of the 20th century, and his massive impact is felt in many walks of music and entertainment today. Hopefully, this film is done right and will successfully convey to audiences young and old just how important the Godfather of Soul really was.

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