Dan Aykroyd has been cast in the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up being directed by Tate Taylor. Chadwick Boseman will be playing the Godfather of Soul as the film charts his rise to stardom as well as struggles with addiction. Aykroyd will be playing Ben Bart, the president of Universal Attractions, the agency that represented Brown for over 40 years.
Also in the cast are Jill Scott as Brown’s wife and Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Lennie James. Production is set to start later this month for an October 17, 2014 release.
Brown, of course, famously appeared with Aykroyd in 1980’s classic musical comedy The Blues Brothers and its lesser received sequel Blues Brothers 2000.
Rather than just embed the video for Brown’s spotlight musical number from the film, “The Old Landmark”, I’ve instead chosen an audio rarity posted by YouTube user basetapes, which was recorded live to 24 track tape on the set of the film and features the complete sermon that Brown’s character Rev. Cleophus James delivers.