Casting News: Joshua Jackson, James Brown biopic, and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss
Lots of casting news today for both TV and film. Let’s get to it!
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Joshua Jackson has signed on to Showtime’s upcoming series, The Affair. The former star of Fringe and Dawson’s Creek will play “a Long Island cowboy” on the drama, which “deals with spouses, wandering eyes, and the effects of an affair on two families.”
Jackson joins previously announced cast members Dominic West (as Noah, “a high school teacher with four kids” who begins an affair with Jackson’s wife, Allison) and Maura Tierney (starring as Helen, Noah’s college sweetheart and wife of 17 years).
The series is described by the network as “a provocative, one-hour relationship drama” that “will be told separately from the male and female perspective.”
In film news, Variety reports that 42 star Chadwick Boseman will be stepping into the shoes of another African-American legend.
Boseman, who rose to prominence playing baseball star Jackie Robinson, will star in The Help director Tate Taylor’s biopic on “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment have greenlit the biopic, which “follows Brown’s rise from extreme poverty in Georgia to becoming a world famous and highly influential R&B musician with a string of hits in the 1960s and ’70s including ‘Please, Please, Please,’ ‘I Got You (I Feel Good),’ ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’ and many others.”
The film’s producer, Brian Grazer, has been trying to get the film made for over a decade. The project didn’t gain traction, however, until Taylor came on-board. With Boseman cast in the lead role, the film is expected to move forward sooner rather than later.
Boseman can next be seen in Summit’s NFL pic “Draft Day” starring Kevin Costner.
The fifth film in the successful dance franchise will be helmed by music video director and choreographer Trish Sie, and will feature a script by John Swetnam. It is expected to begin shooting soon in Vancouver and Las Vegas.