ByAbi Toll, writer at
Abi Toll

, famed for his role as the flamboyant Lafayette in the HBO vampire series True Blood, is now set to play James Brown’s longtime friend and musical collaborator, Bobby Byrd in Get On Up.

The film, directed by Tate Taylor for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures will be produced by , Jagged Films’ , , and Erica Huggins this November in Mississippi. The script is by and .

It's a pretty impressive role for Ellis, alongside his co-stars , and who will play .

Ellis' last role was as Martin Luther King Jr. in ’ The Butler and his repetoire includes The Express, The Soloist, Secretariat, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management.

Ellis is always a dynamic on screen presence and versatile actor and no doubt this will prevail to be another excellent performance.

Will you be going to see Get on Up?



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