A forthcoming James Brown biopic will reportedly star Chadwick Boseman as the soul legend.

You might remember Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42, which was released earlier this year.

“The Help” director Tate Taylor will direct, so there’s talk of Octavia Butler and Viola Davis joining the cast as well.

From Madame Noire:

…it should be no surprise that Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer’s names are being thrown into the mix for this movie as well. According to The Wrap, Taylor wants to reunite the Academy Award nominees along with Nelsan Ellis, who played Henry the Waiter in “The Help,” in supporting roles for the biopic. Though details are slim on this long-overdue project, The Wrap did mention that in the biopic, “Boseman will portray Brown over a period of several decades, from his disadvantaged youth to his status as a bonafide music icon.” Much of the filming is to take place in Mississippi, but there’s no word yet on who else might show up in the flick as of now.

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