After a worlwide casting search, it turned out that producers didn’t need to look far after all, as Jaafar Jackson, nephew of the late King of Pop, earned the lead role in Lionsgate’s upcoming biopic about his iconic uncle.
“Michael” will venture into Michael Jackson’s life as he rose to fame and became known as the King of Pop, “including his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest entertainer of all time”, according to the studio.
As reported by Deadline,”the film will not shy away from the controversies of Jackson’s life, the pedophile accusations that haunted his later years up to his death in 2009 at age 50, from cardiac arrest caused by a cocktail of sedatives.”
The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who is currently working on “The Equalizer 3” with Denzel Washington; and the script will be helmed by John Logan whose works include “The Aviator”, “Skyfall”, and Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd”.
“Bohemian Rhapsody’s” Graham King will be collaborating with the Michael Jackson estate in producing the film.
“I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael,” said King. “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.”
Jaafar is the son of Jackson 5 member and Michael’s brother, Jermaine Jackson.
“Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers,” said Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson.
“Michael” will be the first major film role for the 26-year-old Jaafar, who released his first single, “Got Me Singing” in 2019, showcasing his vocal and dancing talents.