Chadwick Boseman as James Brown

We‚Äôve finally been graced with a first glimpse of the upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up, and we were¬†struck by the scenes depicting the riveting ups and downs‚ÄĒtriumph and tears alike‚ÄĒof the soul great‚Äôs life. The movie, directed by Tate Taylor (who also had a hand in The Help), features 42‚Äôs Chadwick Boseman in the iconic lead role, along with¬†favorites Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (both, of course, also in¬†The Help).¬†

We‚Äôre excited to see how these acting heavyweights handle the story of the Godfather of Soul‚ÄĒand so far it looks like we‚Äôre in for a hell of a movie this summer. (It‚Äôs due to open Aug. 1.)

The next question, of course, is, are you ready for the funk?

Watch the trailer here: