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 in 1984.
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.
Viola Davis will play Brown’s mother, Susie and Octavia Spencer will play his aunt, Anne Tunney.
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.
Viola Davis looks radiant on the October issue of ESSENCE magazine.
The Help star chats it up with the editor about staying true to herself and love. She even reveals that her husband, Julius Tennon, was a gift from God after He answered her prayers.
On the type of man she wanted:
“I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before,” she says. “I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself.”
On her prayers being answered soon after:
“I met my husband three and a half weeks later. “On one our first dates, he took me to church.”
On why she no longer wears wigs:
“I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life,” she says. “I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”
This issue of Essence is on newsstands today!
Oprah is paying homage to some of the best African American actresses in Hollywood.
The mogul will feature Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union on an upcoming episode of Next Chapter called “African-American Women in Hollywood.”
The ladies speak candidly on their experiences in the industry, their past roles and much more.
This episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter will air on June 23. Check your local listings for air times.