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James Brown Biopic Finds Its Lead in ’42′ Star

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The long-awaited James Brown biopic has finally found its star in Chadwick Boseman, according to Variety. The 31-year-old actor recently played Jackie Robinson in 42 and has previously appeared in TV shows like Fringe and Justified.

Helmed by The Help director Tate Taylor, the film follows Brown’s life from his struggling Georgia childhood to his rise to the Godfather of Soul. The film will start shooting in Mississippi this November, continuing through early next year. The film will be released in 2014.

The film has been in development since 2001 with actors like Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes attached to star in the project. For a short time, even Spike Lee was on the list of possible directors. The movie will be produced by Brian Grazer, along with Mick Jagger under his Jagger Films banner.

Jagger, along with his fellow Rolling Stone Keith Richards, will reportedly be characters in the movie, but will not play themselves.

Boseman is currently working on the football film Draft Day, alongside Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

Brown died in 2006 at the age of 73.

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