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.
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, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Lennie James, Fred Melamed, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott. The film is directed by Tate Taylor.