Wesley Snipes: Once set to play Miles Davis, now ready for the Godfather of Soul

james_brown Back in July I wrote about Wesley Snipes, the star of such films like “New Jack City,” “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Mo Better Blues,” who at various times throughout the ’90s was very close to adding the story of Miles Davis story to his acting resume.

Alas, it never panned out. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing we shall never know. I’ll say that were the Snipes project (with Antoine Fuqua attached to direct at some point, I believe) ever to get the green light it would have definitely been a traditional narrative.

But Wesley Snipes and biopics are back in the news. The Playlist has an update on a James Brown biopic brewing from director Spike Lee with the star of “Blade” and “Major League” set for the lead role. There have been delays in the project, but it looks like a ‘go’ according to Lee: “We’re doing it together – it’s going to happen.”

The news of the biopic actually is a few years old, but today’s item focuses on Spike Lee planning to use the authentic voice of James Brown dubbed in for the musical sequences. “I want to hear James Brown’s voice,” the director said. “That’s just my personal taste.”

I love James Brown and a thorough biopic is definitely called for; it will be as daunting a task as “Ray” to nail the complete portrayal, but they pulled it off and I believe Spike Lee and Wesley Snipes will give the Hardest Working Man in Show Business the full, cinematic workup.

And hey – why not?


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