The first image from the upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up has landed online. The pic serves as The Help director Tate Taylor’s second directorial feature, and the filmmaker tapped 42 star Chadwick Boseman to portray the Godfather of Soul. Get on Up likely won’t shy away from the saltier aspects of Brown’s life, as Taylor told EW, “As I dug in and started to discover more about him, the good and the bad, I loved the reasons he was often bad and I loved the reasons he was good. I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music.” The director was inundated with offers for a wide-range of projects after the success of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated The Help, but he instead held out and chose to make Get on Up.
Hit the jump to take a look at the first image, which also features Craig Robinson. Production is currently underway in Mississippi with a supporting cast that includes Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Get on Up opens August 1st.
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