Get On Up: New James Brown Biopic Hits Screens August 1

June 25, 2014  |  


Need a reason to move out of your seat other than the fact that it’s summer time? This summer your families’ cookout won’t be the only place to hear James Brown crooning as all your aunts hit the dance floor. On August 1, Get On Up, the James Brown biopic will hit theaters starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Jill Scott to name a few.

Yo may remember Boseman from 201 ‘s 42 film based on the life of Jackie Robinson. It looks like Boseman is a great choice to retell history’s iconic stories. Get On Up is directed by the same man that brought you the four-time Academy Award-nominated movie The Help, Tate Taylor.

The film give us an unyielding look into the life the Godfather of Soul, rather it is his tumultuous relationship with his mother or poverty -stricken childhood, viewers get part of the story like they never have. While a preteen, Brown was abandoned by his mother who re-apears in his life after the fame.  In the film, viewers are in for a ride on the highs and lows of the evolution of one of the 20th century’s most influential figures.

Boseman is joined by Viola Davis who plays his mother, Jill Scott who plays Brown’s wife, Octavia Spencer who plays Brown’s aunt along with other Tika Sumpter, Nelson Eliis, Lennie James, and Dan Aykroyd.

James Brown passed in 2006 at the age of 73, but he left a legacy full of funk, soul and dance. Brown recorded 16 number-one singles on the Billboard R&B charts and influenced several different genres. And many will most remember his cape routine or the infamous ” Say it loud. I’m Black and I’m proud” mantra that most reincarnate today paying homage and having fun with the late James Brown. 

Watch the trailer below. Get On Up opens August 1.

And here’s the second trailer released.


Will you be going to see Boseman as James Brown?

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