published Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

‘42’ Jackie Robinson actor to play James Brown in biopic

After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen in “42,” Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown.

Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by “The Help” director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is currently untitled. Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are among the producers.

The project has been in development for years, with various actors and directors attached. It’s set to finally begin shooting this fall in Mississippi.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Taylor said of the great soul singer: “Those are big shoes to fill.”

Many of the baseball scenes in “42” were filmed at Chattanooga’s Engel Stadium.

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