Get on Up, the upcoming James Brown biopic, has added both Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott to its cast. The Hollywood Reporter says that they’ll join Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Lennie James and Octavia Spencer in the Tate Taylor film.
In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Taylor is set to direct Boseman as Brown. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get on Up 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.
Scott will play the role of Brown’s wife with Aykroyd playing Ben Bart, the President of one of New York’s largest talent agencies.
Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) and Erica Huggins (Flightplan) produce for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Under his Wyolah Films label, Taylor also serves as a producer on Get on Up, while Wyolah’s John Norris executive produces alongside Trish Hofmann and Peter Afterman.
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