Josh Rottenberg
January 08, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

Wanted: One multitalented actor who can whoop, shimmy, scream, do the Mashed Potato, and otherwise fill the shoes (and cape) of the late Godfather of Soul for a planned James Brown biopic to be directed by Spike Lee. Producer Brian Grazer, who started developing a biopic eight years ago, is growing anxious to find a viable Mr. Dynamite: “We could go into production in five months. Our script is really good,” he tells PopWatch. Grazer is mum about the men they’re considering, but he says he’ll need an actor who “plays 36 to 45.” (Guess that takes once-rumored star Usher out of the running.) “If you have any ideas,” Grazer says, “let me know.”

Well, since you asked, Jamie Foxx clearly has to be considered. But how about Terrence Howard? Or the hot-again Eddie Murphy (currently playing a character inspired in part by Brown in Dreamgirls)? We know he does a mean “Hot Tub.”

addCredit(“James Brown: David Redfern/Redferns”)

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