Oprah channel star joins James Brown biopic

2013-11-16 13:00
Tika Sumpter
Los Angeles - Tika Sumpter has joined James Brown biopic Get On Up.

The 33-year-old actress will play Yvonne Fair, one of Brown's back-up singers who recorded a song written by the legendary singer called I Found You, which was later turned into his best-selling single I Got You (I Feel Good).

Deadline reports that Sumpter will join a cast including Chadwick Boseman - who will play the Godfather of Soul - Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and Viola Davis.

The actress is best known for her role in TV show The Haves and Have-Nots, which airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel in the US.

Watch Sumpter talk about the TV show below:

Others involved in production

Sir Mick Jagger is producing the Brown biopic along with Brian Grazer.

The film's script was written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman.

Tate Taylor - who previously directed The Help, which featured both Spencer and Davis - is at the helm of the movie.

Brown's influence on American culture

James Brown is credited with bringing funk music to the forefront of American culture during his six-decade career, with hit songs including I Got You (I Feel Good) and Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.

The music star - who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time - died from congestive heart failure and pneumonia in 2006.

James Brown
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