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Universal Pictures announced today it will release Tate Taylor‘s James Brown movie “Get On Up” on Oct. 17, 2014, reports

On Monday, the studio announced that “42” star Chadwick Boseman will portray the Godfather of Soul. The film charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become one of the most influential musical artists in history, with a career spanning six decades.

This is Taylor’s follow-up to his 2011 Oscar Best Picture nominee “The Help.” Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman under their Jagged Films banner. Taylor also serves as a producer, while his Wyolah Films partner John Norris executive produces alongside Trish Hofmann and Peter Afterman.

Grazer started the project at a time when Brown was an active part in its development before he died in 2006.

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