Taylor enlisted 42 star Chadwick Boseman, who turned in such a quietly dignified performance of baseball great Jackie Robinson, to embody the Godfather of Soul. “Jackie has left the building, we’ll just say that,” says Taylor with a laugh. “Oh my god, Chad’s having so much fun.” (For the many musical numbers, Taylor employed a mix of Boseman’s own voice and an overlay of Brown’s actual voice.) Joining Boseman are Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who play Brown’s mother and brothel-running aunt respectively, as well as Jill Scott who plays Brown’s wife Edie. Get On Up is shooting right now in Mississippi and is scheduled to hit theaters August 1.
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