*Jill Scott and Dan Akroyd have been added to the cast of “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic due next fall from Universal and Imagine Entertainment.
Chadwick Boseman (“42”) is portraying Brown in the film, which follows the singer from humble beginnings to the height of stardom while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirtation with financial ruin.
Aykroyd will play Ben Bart, the president of Universal Attractions, the New York agency that repped Brown for over 40 years.
In a part that is being written specifically for her, Scott will play Brown’s wife.
Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Lennie James are among those cast in the production, which is to start shooting in November. The movie is set for an Oct. 17, 2014, release.
Tate Taylor, who helmed “The Help,” is directing and is also producing along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman also producing under their Jagged Films banner.
Singer-actress Scott has starred in HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” remake and last month’s “Baggage Claim.”