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A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history in theaters August 1, 2014.
In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, 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.
The movie does not lack for big stars, either. Viola Davis, Jill Scott and Octavia Spencer play James’s mother, one of his wives
and his Aunt Honey, respectively. True Blood’s Nelsen Ellis (Lafayette) plays Brown’s manager Bobby Byrd, Craig Robinson (Peeples) plays the legendary Maceo Parker and Ralph Tresvant makes a cameo as Sam Cooke.
James Joseph Brown, Jr. was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as The Godfather of Soul
Watch his documentary Soul Survivor To Know the Mystery behind the Godfather of Soul..