Does the name Chadwick Boseman sound familiar? Earlier this year he portrayed baseball great Jackie Robinson in the highly acclaimed biopic “42.” Now Boseman is set to play James Brown in an upcoming film chronicling Brown’s rise from poverty in Georgia to becoming the funk, soul and rap ambassador in the 1960s and 70s earning him the title “Godfather of Soul.” Prior to the film “42,” the 31-year old actor had appeared mostly on TV, guesting on Fringe, Justified, Cold Case and a recurring role on Persons Unknown.
The as-yet-untitled biopic will be directed by “The Help” filmmaker Tate Taylor and will be shot frame by frame in Mississippi, Taylor’s home state. Shooting is expected to begin this fall. Now, if we could just get the Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye biopics into production all will be well with the world.