The Godfather of Soul’s life is set to be depicted on the Silver Screen. Multiple news outlets have reported that 42’s Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) will be stepping into the late James Brown’s funky shoes in an upcoming feature film. CNN reported that Boseman beat out legendary actors Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy (who previously and famously parodied the Godfather of Soul on his Saturday Night Live run) for the role.
Rolling Stone reported that the biopic will be written by Jez and Henry Butterworth and will focus on Mr. Brown’s from his childhood to his hey-day in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Tate Taylor, who previously directed The Help for the Silver Screen will direct the film and told CBS that the James Brown film will be shot in Brown’s home state of Mississippi. “Every frame will be shot in Mississppi,” said Taylor. “We’re even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi. … Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi.” However, Taylor stated that Boseman will have a huge challenge ahead bringing James Brown to the silver screen. “Those are tough shoes to fill, “ Taylor commented.
Rolling Stones frontman and musical legend Sir Mick Jagger is a co-producer on the project, adding that little extra sprinkle of rock and roll magic should Boseman or Taylor need a helping hand. "James Brown, really, was the first real dancer that broke the ground of how people move," Taylor said. "And Mick Jagger has complimented that and tipped his hat to that forever."
The untitled James Brown project has not announced a release date. Stay tuned for more information as it is announced.