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Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Will Play James Brown’s Mother And Aunt In Biopic

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Will Play James Brown's Mother And Aunt In Biopic

Universal has set the theatrical release date for its James Brown biopic, titled Get On Up, for FridayOctober 172014.

Chadwick Boseman is set to play Brown in the Tate Taylor directed film.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were previously rumored to be in talks to reunite with their The Help director, to take supporting roles in the film.

It’s been officially announced today that both actresses are indeed going to appear in the film, with Viola Davis playing Susie Brown, James Brown’s mother; and Octavia Spencer will play his aunt, Anne Tunney

True Blood star, Nelsan Ellis, was also rumored to be in director Taylor’s sights for a supporting role, but no confirmation of that yet.

Shooting begins this fall, with Brian Grazer producing alongside Mick Jagger, for Universal Pictures.

Taylor plans to shoot the film in Mississippi, including filming at the Mississippi Coliseum on the state fairgrounds, where Brown performed a concert in February 1969. 

This is a film that Spike Lee was previously long-attached to direct, but was replaced by Tate Taylor earlier this year.

Promising a warts and all telling of Brown’s life story on film, the screenplay has been penned by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (they wrote the script for Fair Game, the Naomi Watts and Sean Penn film).

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