A film about the life of the R&B singer will chart his rise from poverty to global fame.
A film about the life and career of James Brown is in the making and will be directed by Tate Taylor, who adapted the civil rights-themed bestseller The Help into the Oscar winning film in 2011.
According to Hollywood industry website The Wrap, Taylor is considering reuniting the stars of The Help for the as-yet-untitled James Brown film, Viola Davis, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis are thought to play supporting roles alongside Chadwick Boseman, who has been cast as the singer.
Boseman played history-making baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42, a film released in April about the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the Forties.
Boseman will portray Brown over several decades, as he escaped his disadvantaged youth in Georgia to become the Godfather of Soul. Phil Bryant, the Governor of Mississippi, announced on Monday that much of the film will be shot in the state.
Another musical icon, Mick Jagger, will appear in the film. The Rolling Stone frontman will also co-produce the film under the Jagged Films name, but will be portrayed in the picture by an actor, along with his bandmate Keith Richards and American musician Little Richard. Further casting details are yet to be released.
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