Jagger swagger for Deauville

Rocker turns producer for James Brown biopic.

by Richard Mowe

Chadwick Boseman creates a storm as James Brown in Get On Up
Chadwick Boseman creates a storm as James Brown in Get On Up

The denizens of Deauville are all of a quiver about the impending surprise appearance on the red carpet of ageing icon Mick Jagger, who will turn up for the French premiere of the film he co-produced about James Brown (it was announced today 2 September).

The film Get On Up will which looks at the legendary singer’s rise to fame and his personal issues, will screen out of Competition on 12 September. Jagger will join co-producer Brian Grazer (who is being given a career achievement tribute) as well as actor Chadwick Boseman who fills the role of Brown.

French frolics for Mick Jagger and Chadwick Boseman for the Gallic premiere of 
 Get On Up
French frolics for Mick Jagger and Chadwick Boseman for the Gallic premiere of Get On Up

Jagger has said: "It was a really hard role for Chad to do. It would've been safer to take someone from Broadway who had a lot of dancing and singing background. Chad would be the first to tell you, he wasn't a dancer. But after he'd worked for six weeks on it, he immeasurably had become the character."

As previously noted Jessica Chastain and Will Ferrell also figure among the luminaries scheduled to attend the 40th anniversary edition of the festival which starts on Friday with the French premiere of Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight (after Blue Jasmine last year). Chastain and Ferrell will receive career tributes throughout the week. Other career nods go to The Hunt For Red October and Die Hard director John McTiernan.

McTiernan will be making his first festival appearance after recently completing a prison sentence in relation to jailed private investigator Anthony Pellicano. He has served his 12-month sentence after being found guilty of two counts of making false statements to the FBI and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge.

The filmmaker was found to have lied about ordering Pellicano, once said to be Hollywood’s most successful private detective, to illegally wiretap producer Chuck Roven, while the two were involved in the remake of the 2002 film Rollerball. McTiernan has called his conviction “a miscarriage of justice” and claims he was not aware he was speaking with an FBI agent when making the statements.

Director James Cameron who was scheduled to appear in the Normandy resort to receive the newly created 40th Anniversary Award and present his latest film Deepsea Challenge 3D, has definitively cancelled his trip to the event because of what he describes as “production commitments on the next Avatar instalment.” The cancellation has come as a major blow to the Festival organisers.

The Deauville Festival of American Cinema runs from 5 to 14 September.

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