Universal‘s and Imagine’s James Joseph Brown Jr. biopic Get On Up cast is starting to take shape as Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Keith Robinson have been added to the Godfather of Soul biopic starring Chadwick Bozeman. joining Oscar nominee Viola Davis and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer Scott will play Brown’s wife Velma Warren, in a role especially written for her. Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the president of Universal Attractions, at one time one of New York’s largest agencies. The agency repped Brown for over 40 years. Robinson will play Baby Roy, one of the original members of Brown’s band. The Help‘s Tate Taylor, is directing and is also producing along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins.
Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman also producing under their Jagged Films banner.
‘Get Up’ will start shooting in November 2013. The movie is set for an Oct. 17, 2014, release.