After she comes to see him post-fame, James Brown rejects the mother, portrayed by Viola Davis, who walked out on him when he was a child.
The James Brown biopic, “Get on Up,” released a second trailer which spotlights how Brown managed to achieve all of his success, despite absolutely no support from his parents. When his mother, portrayed by Viola Davis, shows up later in life to try and be proud of her boy, he soundly rejects her.
In just a little more than a minute and a half, the emotional struggles and turmoil Brown endured as he overcame a poor childhood to achieve his dreams of superstardom were perfectly represented.
After portraying Jackie Robinson, and all of his struggles, in “42,” Chadwick Boseman is a natural in the lead as James Brown. The film also stars Octavia Spencer, as the supportive Aunt Honey. Rounding out the main cast are Tika Sumpter as Yvonne Fair, and Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd, with Lennie James portraying Brown's father.
Directed by Tate Taylor, “Get on Up” was written by Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, and produced by Mick Jagger, Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, and Victoria Pearman. Universal Studios is distributing the film, which will premiere in theaters on August 1.