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by Ziyad Saadi
March 14, 2014 11:14 AM
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Watch: Chadwick Boseman Channels James Brown in 'Get On Up' Trailer

In the vein of Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, actor Chadwick Boseman seems to be getting some highly-coveted roles playing renowned African-American icons. One year after his breakthrough performance as Jackie Robinson in "42," Boseman now returns to the screen to play none other than musical genius James Brown.

The biopic "Get On Up" depicts James Brown's life from his early childhood, marked by its severe poverty, all the way to his attainment of celebrity as one of the most important musicians of his generation. The trailer indicates that James Brown's unforgettable music and undeniable presence in history is alive and well, infusing the power of his music with the harsh tragedies that have shaped him to become the public figure we remember today.

"Get On Up" also stars Oscar-nominee Viola Davis and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as James' mother and aunt, respectively, and reunites them with their "The Help" director Tate Taylor. The film will be released August 1, 2014. Think it has Oscar potential?

Check out the trailer below:



2 Comments

  • Name Ron Nelson | March 14, 2014 9:25 PMReply

    Your Comment I'm glad to see the Story of Mr. James Brown told to the world. I knew and loved James Brown worked with him on the video Too Legit to quit (MC Hammer) I was the Look-a-Like on the video my name is Ron JB Nelson. My shows are on You Tube: James Brown(Ron Nelson) Tribute.

  • Ellin Stein | March 14, 2014 2:48 PMReply

    James Brown was short and stocky while Chadwick is tall and thin, but, more importantly, on the basis of this trailer it sounds like Brown's trademark punchy, minimalist sound has been gussied up with all sorts of unnecessary furbelows. Oh well, maybe the movie will be better than this suggests.