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First Look: See Chadwick Boseman As James Brown in New Biopic

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Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

Fresh from his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42, actor Chadwick Boseman will play James Brown in the new biopic Get on Up that's slated for a summer release. In a newly released photo scooped by Entertainment Weekly, Boseman is pictured mid-song strongly resembling the the Godfather of Soul.

“Oh my god, Chad’s having so much fun," said director Tate Taylor, who also directed The Help.

The film boasts an all-star roster of talent, including Help co-stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as Brown's mother. Singer Jill Scott also portrays one of Brown's wives.

Get on Up hits theaters August, 1, 2014.

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