'True Blood's' Nelsan Ellis lands key role in James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'

nelsan-ellis-get-on-up-james-brown-biopic-gi.jpgAs "True Blood" star Nelsan Ellis prepares for the final season of the HBO supernatural series that's propelled his career, he's beginning to line up some big time film work.

Deadline reports on Monday (Oct. 21) that the actor is set to play Bobby Byrd, the longtime friend and musical collaborator of James Brown, in "Get On Up," the Tate Taylor-directed biopic centered on the Godfather of Soul. Ellis joins a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, who'll portray Brown, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

Ellis was last seen on screen playing Martin Luther King Jr. in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The seventh and final season of "True Blood" will premiere on HBO in Summer 2014.

Are you looking forward to seeing Ellis in "Get On Up"?
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