First Trailer for James Brown Biopic Get On Up


The first trailer has been released for Get On Up, an upcoming James Brown biopic from director Tate Taylor (The Help). Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s 42, plays James Brown, and he certainly appears to embrace the part. We considered Taylor’s direction in The Help a little too forced and obvious, determined to crowd-please. This may have the same problem, but this first trailer does provide some confidence in what seems to be an entertaining and energetic interpretation on the life of the man many consider to be the godfather of soul.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd also star in the picture.

Official synopsis for Get On Up:

In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.

Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) produces for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Imagine’s Erica Huggins (Flightplan) also serves as a producer on Get on Up, while Taylor produces under his Wyolah Films label. Peter Afterman, Trish Hofmann, Jez Butterworth, John Butterworth, John Norris and Anna Culp serve as executive producers.

ETA: USA – 1 August, 2014.