A biopic on music legend James Brown
has been in the works for the better part of three decades, and at long last the film is here. The first trailer for Get on Up
, starring Chadwick Boseman
as the king of funk, dropped this week and shows a sweeping portrait of Brown's rough childhood growing up in a whore house, to his rise to fame. One of the most influential musical artists to ever live, Brown's sound and signature style has impacted everyone from Prince
and Michael Jackson
to Justin Timberlake
Get On Up
is directed by Tate Taylor
, whose debut film The Help was the sleeper hit of 2012. The Help
's Octavia Spencer
also stars in the film, and makes an appearance in the trailer. Boseman, who came to notice with his moving portrayal of Jackie Robinson
in the 2013 drama 42
, looks to be the perfect choice to play Brown.
Check out the trailer for Get On Up
below. The film hits theaters on August 1.