*Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC’s “The Voice” — which premieres Feb. 24 — Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” and a new album for Atlantic, reports Billboard.
Given her background as a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and spoken word artist plus various theater credits (including a Canadian tour of Broadway musical “Rent”), Scott felt she could truly “be of service” during her “Voice” stint.
“It’s a show I watch and enjoy because singers are really being given an opportunity to sing,” she explains. “It’s not all about the look or the visual. It’s really about the tone of the voice, the passion that lives inside of it.”
2013 was a great year for black films: Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 42, The Best Man Holiday, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and 12 Years a Slave.
And some of the films’ actors are featured on Hollywood’s hottest ensemble cover.
*Chadwick Boseman has secured a role in Alex Proyas’ period epic “Gods Of Egypt,” reports Deadline.com. Summit Entertainment will put the film in theaters on February 12, 2016.
The action-adventure flick is based on Egyptian mythology. Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in “42,” joins Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, and Courtney Eaton in the pic and will play Thoth, the god of wisdom.
Boseman wraps production this week on Universal’s “Get On Up,” the Tate Taylor-directed movie in which he stars as the Godfather of Soul James Brown. That will be released August 1.
*Tika Sumpter, currently starring on OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots,” has joined the cast of Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” reports Deadline.com.
She will play Yvonne Fair, a singer in the James Brown Revue who recorded Brown’s “I Found You,” which later was reworked into his classic “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
Tate Taylor is directing the pic, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul along with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis.
Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman wrote the script, and Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger are producing along with Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins.
Sumpter will next be seen in the feature “Ride Along.”
*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.”