Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul

James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the soul funk legend, follows the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul from his humble beginnings in South Carolina to the top of the Billboard 100.

Director Tate Taylor follows up his Academy Award nominated drama The Help casting Boseman as James Brown alongside Viola Davis (Prisoners), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Lennie James (The Walking Dead) and Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters).

Promising a “fearless” look at the star’s turbulent life, Taylor’s film presumably won’t shy way from examining Brown’s drug problem – the singer allegedly got hooked on PCP (angel dust) mixed with cocaine in his Kool’s cigarettes.

Despite his problems with the law (including arrest for domestic violence and unlawful use of a firearm) Brown toured extensively maintaining his rep as the “hardest working man in show business” well into his sixties.

The Sex Machine singer and soul funk icon passed away in 2006 after a career spanning five decades that saw James Brown register four albums on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Chadwick Boseman has also been cast as Thoth in Alex I, Robot Proyas’ mythical epic Gods of Egypt due in cinemas 2016. The actor also starred in Draft Day and 42 after starting out in long running American soap All My Children.

Heavily sampled by the likes of Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys, James Brown’s music lives on. Executive produced by Mick Jagger Get On Up throws down its cape in homage across UK cinemas September 26th.