Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd are the latest celebrities to join the cast of the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get on Up.
Scott will play one James Brown’s wives, but it is unknown at this time which one she will take on. The late legendary singer was married three times —Velma Warren
in 1953, Deidre Jenkins
in 1970, Adrienne Lois Rodriguez
Get On Up will cover about 30-years of Brown’s life; from his early life, to his rise to fame, domestic violence to his peak years in the 1970s, to his struggles with addiction, and and his financial and domestic violence issues.
Aykroyd is set to play the president of Universal Attractions, which is the same agency that represented Jame Brown for over 40 years.
Viola Davis will play Brown’s mother, Susie and Octavia Spencer will play his aunt, Anne Tunney.
will be producing the film alongside Mick Jagger
, for Universal Pictures.
Producers and directors have decided to shoot the film in Mississippi, including filming at the Mississippi Coliseum on the state fairgrounds, where Brown performed a concert in February 1969.
Production on the film begins sometime this fall, with the movie opening in theaters on Friday, October 17, 2014.