Nelsan Ellis has joined Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic "Get On Up" at Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
Ellis will play Bobby Byrd, Brown's longtime friend and musical collaborator. Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also star.
Ellis is best know for his role as Lafayette in HBO's "True Blood," but has a large resume of films under his belt from "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "The Help" to "Secretariat" and "The Reluctant Fundamentalist".
Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins are producing. Filming begins in November in Mississippi.