In today’s continuing casting news:
- Simon Pegg, who starred as tech specialist Benji Dunn in Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, recently confirmed his return to the franchise in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5, due out Christmas Day, 2015.
- Nick Eversman (The Runaways) has been cast as a young Mick Jagger in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman (42).
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Meanwhile, THR reports that Eversman will play Rolling Stones frontman Jagger in Get on Up. Apparently, Eversman “won the role with both an audition and by sending in a side-by-side comparison of himself and the real Jagger”, and a copy of him singing a rendition of the Stones’ “Time Is on My Side”. The story follows Brown from his rise from humble beginnings to stardom, to his eventual drug-induced downfall. At one point, a young Brown and a young Jagger enter into a conflict at a concert, which leaves Brown enraged. Get on Up also stars Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer and Craig Robinson, and is currently shooting in Atlanta. Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins and Victoria Pearman are producing the film alongside Jagger himself.