Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Images From Marvel's Daredevil
Not one but two! It's almost like it's Christmas...
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
03 December 2014
Chadwick Boseman Talks Black Panther
And could we see him in more movies before his own?
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Get On Up (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Draft Day (2014)
Empire Star Rating
42 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Help (2011)
Empire Star Rating
HouseSitter
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Chadwick Boseman Will Be James Brown
42 star lands in Tate Taylor's biopic

27 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Shortly after James Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006, Brian Grazer, then collaborating with director Spike Lee, announced that the producer was finally making good on his long-cherished dream of making a biopic of the music legend's life. Cries of “too soon!” rang out, and the universe may have listened, because there has been little progress until recently. Or, more likely, the usual delays and changes in development took their toll. Today, however, Variety brings word that 42 star Chadwick Boseman has been set to play Brown.

The Help’s Tate Taylor is still attached to direct the film, working from Jez and John Henry Butterworth’s script. Taylor’s aim is to tell Brown’s story from his early days in poverty in Georgia and his rise to become a world famous R&B musician who produced a string of hits including Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag and I Got You (I Feel Good).

And The Wrap reports that Taylor is also considering it making it something of a Help reunion, with Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer all possibilities for supporting roles, though no offers have gone out yet.

Boseman, who won plaudits for playing colour bar-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42 (finally due here on September 13), will tackle what could be an even more challenging role in the untitled biopic. Before that, though, he’s appearing in American Football pic Draft Day alongside Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

There’s no schedule for the Brown film yet, though it’ll apparently be headed to Mississippi once it’s ready to start production.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The World's End Could Have Been A Time Travel Movie
But Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg thought better of it
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 10 Best Games Of The Year
2014's top pixel-pushers duke it out for the number one slot

Dan Stevens: The Breakout Star Of 2014
We congratulate The Guest star on his year to remember

The 15 Most Memorable Character Deaths Of The Year
2014’s RIP honour roll

Review Of The Year: 10 Best Soundtracks Of 2014
The scores and OSTs to add to your playlist

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)