The Godfather of Soul’s life is coming to the big screen — and it’ll be featuring a familiar face.

According to WTVA, a movie about the late James Brown is in the works and being backed by screenwriter and director Tate Taylor. There’s still no title, nor are there a whole lot of details on the plot, cast, and release date. However, we do know actor Chadwick Boseman will play Brown. Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42.

The bulk of the film will be shot in Jackson and Natchez, Mississippi this fall, according to WTVA.

Brown, also known as “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” was a soul, R&B, and funk pioneer who helped pave the way for black entertainers in the music industry over the course of his influential, six-decade career. His legacy includes such hits as “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” and he’s been inducted into both the Rock and Roll of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Brown was also known for his charitable efforts, which included annual turkey and toy give-aways during the holiday season.

Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 while undergoing treatment for pneumonia at an Atlanta hospital. He was 73.

-Chris Coyle, KZOK


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