“The Help” director Tate Taylor is re-teaming with his stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for the the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” at Imagine Entertainment, Jagged Films and Universal Pictures.
Davis will play Susie Brown, a girl of just 16 when she gave birth to the singing legend. She ultimately abandoned him to live with relatives.
Spencer will play the child’s aunt, Anne Tunney, who was a formative figure in his upbringing. Chadwick Boseman is already onboard to play the singer.
Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth penned the script, and filming begins in November in Mississippi.