James Brown Biopic to Star Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman (42) is no stranger to biopics. He'll be starring in another big one soon, this time playing the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

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The 31-year actor has been cast as the lead in the biopic chronicling the singer's meteoric rise from poverty to music glory in the 1960s and 70s.

James Brown died in 2006 at the age of 73. It is not yet known if Boseman will be singing the songs himself or lip-synching to Brown tracks in the film.

Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are also on board as producers, while Tate Taylor will direct. Filming on the project is expected to begin this fall.

Prior to starring in 42 as Jackie Robinson, Boseman had appeared mostly on TV. Boseman is also a playwright and director of several short films.

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