1. Upcoming Biopics
With so many legends gone, it’s only right that we pay homage to the greats by sharing their life stories in the form of a biopic. From Whitney Houston to James Brown, there are a ton of upcoming biopics that we can look forward to in the coming months however, there is controversy surrounding who should take on the role of such legendary figures. How do you think the young actors will do in their respective roles?
2. Chadwick Boseman & Jill Scott In “Get On Up”
Getting acting pointers from Mos Def, Jill Scott will be playing James Brown’s second wife, Deirdre “Deedee” Jenkins in the biopic, “Get On Up.” Called to audition for a smaller role while on a press junket for her last movie, 2013’s “Baggage Claim,” Scott later learned the Jenkins character was being written for her. To help her channel the role, Scott spent time with Jenkins’ grandson, who shared photos & stories.
3. Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix
If the resemblance between Andre 3000 and Jimi Hendrix is any indication of how he’ll do playing the late guitarist, then I expect an A+ performance from the rapper turned actor. Although 3 Stacks doesn’t have many acting credits on his resume, he reportedly practiced guitar six hours a day to get the part just right. By the looks of the trailer, Andre 3000 is completely dedicated to channeling Hendrix’s spirit.
4. Chadwick Boseman as James Brown
If you saw Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in “42” then you already know that he will play an amazing James Brown. Chadwick completely embodied the Civil Rights icon in the film to the point where I forgot I was watching a movie but felt as if I was living the story first hand. After watching the “Get On Up” trailer, I’m excited to see his portrayal of James Brown and expect to have the same nostalgic feelings.
5. Nick Cannon as Richard Pryor
The rumor mill is buzzing that Nick Cannon is gearing up to play comedic legend Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic. Although nothing is confirmed as of yet, Cannon did mention that he considers Pryor one of his comedic inspirations and he often studied him as a child. Allegedly, the Pryor family prefers Marlon Wayans for the role and doesn’t think that Nick Cannon has what it takes to bring Richard Pryor to life.