I will say, this is a lot better than that first image of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone with that prosthetic nose and fake teeth that we saw in 2012…
Entertainment Weekly showed off the first image from the set of the new James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman, star of last year’s hit Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, plays Brown and can be seen above with Brown’s signature pompadour as his band (is that comedian Craig Robinson in the back on sax?) goes to town. According to EW, a blend of Boseman’s own singing voice and an overlay of Brown’s voice are used to make the musical performances come to life.
The movie is being directed by Tate Taylor (who directed The Help) and also features Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (who will play Brown’s mother and aunt), and Jill Scott, who will play Brown’s wife, Edie. When speaking on why he was so intrigued with Brown that he wanted to do a picture on his life, Taylor had this to say to EW:
“I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music.”
Ain’t that the truth? The film is currently being shot in Mississippi and will hit theaters this summer on August 1.
What do you think? Does Boseman make a convincing Godfather of Soul?