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You know him by many names: "Mr. Dynamite," "The Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business."

But now get to know the man behind the legend. Born dirt-poor in South Carolina in the middle of the Great Depression in 1933, James Brown survived a young life of abandonment, abuse, reform school, jail. Nobody ever taught him the rules.

So he was destined from the start to break them. As an amateur boxer or a street-corner busker, he channeled hard knocks into a beat that echoed his own pulsing life force. One of the most influential performers to ever hit the stage of popular music, the most sampled artist in history continues to inspire and inform our most popular and relevant artists today.

In his follow-up to the four-time Oscar-nominated breakout The Help, TATE TAYLOR directs 42's CHADWICK BOSEMAN as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on Brown's incredible life story, the film gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of the icon, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Academy Award-winning producer BRIAN GRAZER, who has brought to the screen memorable and lasting stories of accomplishment over adversity, such as John Nash in A Beautiful Mind and Eminem's semiautobiographical 8 Mile, has worked for more than a decade trying to bring this unique tale to audiences. With just the right team, this longtime dream has become a reality.

When not serving as The Rolling Stones frontman, MICK JAGGER has spent much of the past two decades producing films, television and documentaries. Jagger, who was approached by the James Brown Estate to deliver the artist's story to the screen, came aboard to produce the drama. Together, he and Grazer lead the team that has painstakingly taken the tale of Brown's fascinating life and is triumphantly delivering it to audiences across the globe. Now, with director/producer Taylor at the helm, the dynamic story of Brown's life, laced with electrifying performance set pieces, unfolds.

In his starring role, Boseman embodies Brown's charisma, drive and musical genius. With countless hours of hard work, he's also mastered the man's incredible moves.

Get on Up's music sequences include highlights from the dazzling Apollo Theater concert of 1962, the game-changing throw-down on the T.A.M.I. Show filmed in 1964, the historic Boston Garden gig of 1968 and the fullon funk of the Olympia theatre concert in Paris in 1971. There's much to ponder between the beats. Instead of the expected cradle-to-grave narrative, the biopic unfolds in a nonlinear style that allows James Brown to speak directly to us and tell his story of finding astonishing mastery over adversity.

Actors in key supporting roles include Taylor's fellow collaborators from The Help, Oscar nominee VIOLA DAVIS (Doubt) as Susie Brown, James' mother, and Oscar winner OCTAVIA SPENCER (Fruitvale Station) as his Aunt Honey. The drama also stars NELSAN ELLIS (television's True Blood) as Bobby Byrd, James' fellow musician and lifelong friend; DAN AYKROYD (Driving Miss Daisy) as Ben Bart, his longtime manager and agent; CRAIG ROBINSON (This Is the End) as Maceo Parker, James' lead saxophonist in The Famous Flames; LENNIE JAMES (Snatch) as Joe Brown, James' father; TIKA SUMPTER (Ride Along) as backup singer Yvonne Fair; and JILL SCOTT (Baggage Claim) as DeeDee, Brown's second wife. In his feature film debut, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter ALOE BLACC portrays original Flame Nafloyd Scott.

For his new film, Taylor recruited many key members of his behind-the-scenes team from The Help. They include director of photography STEPHEN GOLDBLATT (TV's Angels in America), production designer MARK RICKER (Julie & Julia), costume designer SHAREN DAVIS (Django Unchained) and composer THOMAS NEWMAN (Saving Mr. Banks). MICHAEL MCCUSKER (Walk the Line) serves as the drama's editor, while AAKOMON JONES (Pitch Perfect) performs double duty as the film's choreographer and Bobby Bennett, another of Brown's back-up singers.

Grazer produces Get on Up for Imagine Entertainment, with Jagger and VICTORIA PEARMAN (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Imagine's ERICA HUGGINS (Flightplan) also serves as producer, while Taylor produces under his Wyolah Films label. With a screenplay by JEZ BUTTERWORTH (Edge of Tomorrow) & JOHN-HENRY BUTTERWORTH (Fair Game) and a story by STEVEN BAIGELMAN (Foreground) Maceo Parker (CRAIG ROBINSON) and James Brown bring down the house.

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