Jill Scott to Play James Brown’s Wife in ‘Get On Up’
Jill Scott will play the wife of James Brown in the forthcoming biopic about the Godfather of Soul.
Scott will star opposite Chadwick Boseman (“42”) in “Get On Up,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The biopic chronicles Brown’s rise to fame as well as his subsequent drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence and impending bankruptcy. The part of Brown’s wife is being written specifically for Scott. Which of Brown’s three wives Scott will portray is unclear.
Scott also joins Dan Aykroyd among the newest casting additions for “Get On Up.” Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the president of Universal Attractions, the agency that represented Brown for decades.
Aykroyd and Scott also join Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Nelsan Ellis in the movie, which is due on Oct. 17, 2014. Tate Taylor, who helmed “The Help,” will direct the biopic based on a screenplay by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (“Fair Game”).
Scott, a Grammy-winning singer, has cemented her acting career with “Hounddog,” “Why Did I Get Married?,” last year’s “Steel Magnolias” update and TV’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”