This movie is packing a lot of star power. The lead of James Brown is played by Chadwick Boseman who weâ€™ve seen as Jackie Robinson in “42” and recently in â€œDraft Dayâ€. Boseman is talented and there is no doubt that he can pull of the role as the Godfather of soul.
What will make or break this movie is the story lines. There are several in James Brownâ€™s life so how many they focus on and which ones to highlight will be the question. The screenplay was written by Jez Butterworth and Steven Baigelman who have no recent mainstream blockbusters to their credit so if this does well it will be a huge win for the duo. Â However the film will be directed by â€œThe Helpâ€™sâ€ Tate Taylor who we know can direct black actors.
If Tate Taylor is not enough Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd will be bringing up the rear in an all star supporting cast. Combining that cast with a soundtrack full of James Brown classics will at least get some asses in the theaters this summer. The film is due to be released on August 1st.
Watch the Official Trailer and get see the movie poster below.