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Thursday 28 May 2015

Spencer, Davis for Brown biopic

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis are to be reunited for Get On Up
Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis are to be reunited for Get On Up

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis are set to reunite for the James Brown biopic, Get On Up.

The Help stars are tipped to take roles in the upcoming musical drama, which The Help filmmaker Tate Taylor will direct, reported Deadline.

Viola, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance as Aibileen Clark, will play James' mother Susie, who was 16 when she gave birth to the soul star. She later left him with relatives while she moved to New York.

Octavia, who scooped a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of outspoken maid Minny Jackson, has reportedly been cast as James' aunt Honey, who became a formative figure in his upbringing.

Chadwick Boseman is already on board to play the Godfather of Soul in Get On Up, which is produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger through his production company Jagged Films with Imagine's Brian Grazer.

Production on the Universal biopic, which has been written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman, is scheduled to start in November.

Mick previously tweeted: "So glad the Jagged Films/ Imagine biopic of James Brown GET ON UP is going to be shooting this October, starring Chad Boseman. I'm excited there is going to be so much great music in this film, as well as a dramatic story."

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