Chadwick Boseman is everywhere. He’s being rumored to play the Black Panther, 42 was a huge success, and now he’s just signed on to play the godfather of should, James Brown. The currently untitled film is going to be directed by Tate Taylor, and produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer.
James Brown’s widow, Tommie Rae Brown, had this to say about the film:
I am deeply honored that Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, two of my husband James Brown’s favorite people, have entered into a partnership to bring his inspirational story to the big screen.
Mick Jagger said this about the film:
It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown. He was a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life.
Despite the fact that Boseman has a ton of industry heat, he’s still not an A-list star. If you went to someone on the street and asked them who Chadwick Boseman is they, more than likely, couldn’t tell you. His name isn’t that well known. Right now he’s ‘That guy who played Jackie Robinson’. After playing James Brown? He could be Chadwick Boseman.