According to Blackfilm.com, Universal Pictures has released the first trailer from “Get On Up,” a biopic about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, starring 42′s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown. The Help’s Tate Taylor is directing the film with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd, Tika Sumpter, Keith Robinson, Craig Robingson, Ralph Tresvant, Lennie James, and Julius Tennon.
The film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Davis plays Brown’s mother while Spencer his Aunt Honey. Robinson is Maceo Parker, a funk and soul saxophonist who played with Brown in the 1960s.Brown died in 2006. Get On Up is scheduled for release on August 1.