Why did Tate Taylor decide to take on the project? After The Help, the burgeoning filmmaker was encumbered with script after script about 'women in pain'. But it was this spotlight on the pain of a misunderstood performer that resonated with him most.
"As I dug in and started to discover more about him, the good and the bad, I loved the reasons he was often bad and I loved the reasons he was good. I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music."
About his leading man Chadwick Boseman, he had no hesitation casting someone who just got done portraying another iconic African-American figurehead in pop culture.
The finish sound mix of the film will have Chadwick Boseman's own vocal tracks overlaid with James Brown for something that is unique, yet authentic when it opens later this year. Do we smell Oscar?
Get on Up comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chadwick Boseman, David Andrew Nash, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd. The film is directed by Tate Taylor.