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Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Eyed for James Brown Biopic From 'The Help' Director (Exclusive)
Jeff Sneider
Posted:  08/26/2013 6:19 PM
  

"The Help" director Tate Taylor is considering a reunion with three of the stars from his hit 2011 drama, as Viola Davis, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis are being eyed for supporting roles alongside Chadwick Boseman in Universal's untitled James Brown movie, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

A studio insider cautions that no offers have been made yet to "The Help" trio, whose representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Boseman, who broke out in a big way with his performance as Jackie Robinson in "42," is now preparing to play a very different historical figure in the movie, which Universal and Imagine Entertainment have spent years trying to bring to the big screen.

With rising star Boseman in place as the Godfather of Soul, the long-gestating project has finally received a green light.