Wesley Snipes to play James Brown in upcoming film

Director Spike Lee has announced that Wesley Snipes is set to play James Brown in an upcoming film about the life of the Godfather of Soul.

The director of Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X bought the rights to the James Brown biopic following the singer's death on Christmas Day 2006.

But Lee made it clear that Snipes, who has been recently caught up in a tax evasion scandal, won't be following in the footsteps of Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line by doing his own singing: "I want to hear James Brown's voice. That's just my personal taste," Lee told reporters on MTV. Check out the real Godfather of Soul in all his glory below.

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