Jaafar Jackson is all ready to portray his uncle Michael Jackson in Lionsgate’s upcoming biopic Michael! The forthcoming movie about the life of the ‘King of Pop’ will be directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Not long ago, Antoine shared the piece of good news on the social media platform Instagram. Keep scrolling further to learn more details about the upcoming movie titled Michael.
Michael Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson to play him in biopic ‘Michael’
Yeah, you read that right. Michael Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson will play him in the biopic Michael. Antoine Fuqua, the director of the forthcoming movie announced the exciting news on the social networking platform Instagram.
“Proud to announce @jaafarjackson as Michael — the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop. Coming soon. Photo by Jourdynn Jackson,” he wrote in the caption of the Instagram post.
The upcoming film Michael will mark Jaafar Jackson’s first major role. He is the youngest son of songwriter and Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson, whose brother was Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson said, “Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”
What will the movie ‘Michael’ be all about?
The movie Michael will showcase the legacy of the man who became known as the ‘King of Pop’. As per the studio, the forthcoming movie will explore all aspects of his life, “including his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest entertainer of all time.”
Legendary musician Michael Jackson who won 13 Grammys passed away in the year 2009. The Billie Jean singer died on June 25, 2009, in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. He left for the heavenly abode at the age of 50.
Graham King, a pro at biopics with the Oscar-winning Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody under his belt, will be serving as the producer of the movie with John Branca and John McClain, who are the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate.
Along with this, John Logan, who wrote the screenplay for movies such as Gladiator and The Aviator, will pen down the script of the upcoming movie Michael.
What did Graham King have to say about Jaafar Jackson?
Producer Graham King has stated that the team administered a worldwide casting search before finding the actor who would portray Jackson. Graham said, “I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael.”
King went on to say, “It was something so powerful that even after conducting a worldwide search, it was clear that he is the only person to take on this role. I am beyond thrilled that he has come on board to portray his uncle and cannot wait for the world to see him on the big screen as Michael Jackson.”
Fuqua further added, “It’s incredibly exciting to watch Jaafar bring Michael to life. There was such a spiritual connection when I first met Jaafar, who has a natural ability to emulate Michael and such a great chemistry with the camera.”
Michael will begin principal photography in 2023.
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