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Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott join James Brown biopic cast

Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott join James Brown biopic cast

GODFATHER OF SOUL: A biopic on the life and career of James Brown will start filming. Photo: Associated Press

Dan Aykroyd and soul singer-turned-actress Jill Scott have joined the cast of “The Help” director Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic.

“The Blues Brothers” star will portray the Godfather of Soul’s longtime agent Ben Bart and Scott has been cast as Brown’s wife.

Chadwick Boseman will play the late soul legend in the film, titled “Get On Up.”

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor’s leading ladies from “The Help,” have also snagged roles in the biopic, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month.

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