Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer join James Brown biopic

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:19

Los Angeles: `The Help` stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will reunite with the film`s director Tate Taylor to star in James Brown biopic `Get On Up`.

Taylor has cast two of the stars of his hit 2011 film in his latest project about the legendary soul singer, to be played by Chadwick Boseman, reported Deadline.

Davis is expected to play the late star`s mother Susie Brown, who gave birth to James at just 16 and abandoned her child, leaving him with relatives.

Meanwhile, Spencer will play the star`s aunt, Honey, who helped raise him.

Davis, Spencer and co-star Jessica Chastain all earned Oscar nominations for their roles in the critically acclaimed `The Help`, with Spencer going on to win Best Supporting Actress, as well as a BAFTA for her portrayal of maid Minny Jackson.

The Universal-produced film will begin production in Mississippi in November.

Rocker Mick Jagger is on board as a producer through his Jagged Films production company. Imagine Entertainment will also handle production.

The script was penned by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman.

Lead actor Boseman recently portrayed legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros.` biopic `42`.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:19

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