'42' actor Boseman to play James Brown in biopic

FILE - Actor Chadwick Boseman, right, is seen Sunday, April 14, 2013 during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks in New York. Boseman has been cast to play James Brown., the Godfather of Soul, in a planned biopic by �The Help� director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is currently untitled. Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are among the producers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE - Actor Chadwick Boseman, right, is seen Sunday, April 14, 2013 during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks in New York. Boseman has been cast to play James Brown., the Godfather of Soul, in a planned biopic by �The Help� director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is currently untitled. Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are among the producers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown.

Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by "The Help" director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is currently untitled. Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are among the producers.

The project has been in development for years, with various actors and directors attached. It's set to finally begin shooting this fall in Mississippi.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Taylor said of the great soul singer: "Those are big shoes to fill."
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