First look at Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in ‘Get On Up’ (PHOTO)

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get on Up'
Here’s a first look at Chadwick Boseman as James Brown on the set of his new film, Get On Up. Boseman, who received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42, will play the Godfather of Soul in the new biopic.

The film, directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor, will tell the story of Brown’s rise from extreme poverty in Georgia to his international success as one of the most influential R&B musicians during the 60s and 70s.

The exclusive pic also features Craig Robinson (Peeples) as a saxophone player and one of Brown’s band members.

The film also stars Viola Davis, Nelsan EllisTika Sumpter, Keith Robinson, Jill Scott, and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

Get On Up will be released in theaters August, 1, 2014.

(Image Credit: D. Stevens/Entertainment Weekly)

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