Lead actor cast in Mick Jagger-produced James Brown biopic

Lead actor cast in Mick Jagger-produced James Brown biopic

Chadwick Boseman is to star in the forthcoming James Brown biopic that's being produced by Mick Jagger.

The film, which was reported to be in the works last October (2012), has now been given a green light after casting its lead, Variety reports.

The Help's Tate Taylor is on board as director and, according to The Wrap, is hoping to cast three of the stars of his 2011 hit in supporting roles: Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

The film will chart Brown's rise from a young boy born in extreme poverty to international success. Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards will be depicted as characters in the film, as will Little Richard.

Meanwhile, Boseman will soon be seen in another biopic, 42, in which he stars as legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. The film opens in UK cinemas on September 13. Boseman is also known for his appearances in numerous TV shows including Fringe, Persons Unknown and Lincoln Heights.

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