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Jackie Robinson actor lands James Brown role

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Aug 26, 2013 | 10:15pm EDT

Chadwick Boseman is set to play another American great after landing the lead role in a biopic of James Brown. Boseman has been on Hollywood's to-watch list after playing Jackie Robinson, the first African-American professional baseball star in the U.S., in 42, which was a hit at the American box office earlier this year (13). The actor is now preparing to tackle another superstar - the Godfather of Soul himself. The Help director Tate Taylor will helm the as-yet-untitled project, which is being produced by rock legend Mick Jagger's film company. The movie has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, with Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes both being linked to play Brown. Brown, the outlandish performer behind hits including Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, passed away in 2006 aged 73.

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