Chadwick Boseman, Tate Taylor Talk James Brown, ‘Get On Up’: The Contenders

Star Chadwick Boseman and director Tate Taylor talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond at our recent The Contenders event about making the James Brown biopic Get On Up.

Boseman, in particular, shows his own magnetic personality in talking about playing the Godfather of Soul, one of music history’s most dynamic performers. Other cast members include Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer.

The film was written by brothers Jez Butterworth (also the playwright behind the just-debuted Broadway show The River, among much else) and John-Henry Butterworth, and produced by Brian Grazer, Victoria Pearman, Erica Huggins and another guy who knows a bit about dynamic musical performances, Mick Jagger.

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