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Taylor casts James Brown biopic

Rising star Chadwick Boseman has been cast as James Brown in a biopic about the soul legend.

The Help's Tate Taylor is directing the film, charting Brown's rise from extreme poverty in Georgia to becoming the 'Godfather of Soul'. Rolling Stones star Sir Mick Jagger is one of the film's co-producers.

Chadwick, who has his big break through playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film 42 this year, has been cast as the Papa's Got A Brand New Bag singer, Variety confirmed.

The Wrap reports Tate is talks with The Help stars Viola Davis, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis to play supporting roles in the film.

Taylor also announced that most of the film would be shot on location in his home state of Mississippi, at the end of this year.

Taylor said: "Every frame will be shot in Mississippi. We're even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi... Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi."

Production began on the film with Brown himself involved in the project, before his death in 2006, aged 73.

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