The story of Godfather of Soul is making its way onto the big-screen this year.
Set to release on Aug. 1, “Get On Up” will shed a light into the life of James Brown.
“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,” according to the movie's website.
A fully-extended theatrical trailer is now available for viewing.
Directed by Tate Taylor, “Get On Up” stars Viola Davis as Susie Brown, Octavia Spencer as Aunt Honey, Dan Aykroyd as Ben Bart and Chadwick Boseman as James Brown.
Boseman recently appeared as Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland's “42.”
Davis and Spencer starred in Taylor's 2011 “The Help.”
Brown was born on May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, according to his online biography.
Rising from impoverished, rough beginnings, Brown went on to become known as “the hardest working man in show business” and an influence on the styles of artists like Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Jay-Z.
Brown died on Dec. 25, 2006, after fighting a week-long battle of pneumonia.
He was 73 years old.
“Get on Up” was filmed around sites in Mississippi.
For more information or to view the trailer, visit www.getonupmovie.com.
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