chadwick-boseman-james-brown*Anyone wondering whether Chadwick Boseman could pull off playing James Brown need only look at the first footage of the actor that surfaced during the “Today” show on Wednesday.

Boseman, along with film producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, appeared on the show to discuss the upcoming Universal Pictures’ biopic on Brown titled “Get on Up.” Throughout the interview, footage of Boseman as Brown was shown. “Get on Up,” which features a “warts and all” telling of Brown’s life story on film, is set for release on August 1.

Media sources report the movie will feature Viola Davis (Brown’s mom), Octavia Spencer (Brown’s aunt), Lennie James (Brown’s father) and Nelsan Ellis (Bobby Byrd). Other stars include Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd, Keith Robinson and Craig Robinson, IMDBPro lists as playing Maceo Parker. New Edition singer Ralph Tresvant is slated to play Sam Cooke in the Tate Taylor-helmed film while Tika Sumpter iwill portray Yvonne Fair, who performed with Brown early in his career.

To see the first footage of Boseman playing Brown in “Get On Up,” click on the video below: