Jaafar Jackson, the nephew of Michael Jackson, will play the late pop singer in a new biographical movie slated to begin production later this year.
Nephew to play Michael Jackson in biopic
Pop singer Michael Jackson will be portrayed by his 26-year-old nephew, Jaafar Jackson, in the biographical movie Michael, the Lionsgate studio has announced.
Michael will explore “the complicated man who became the King of Pop,” Lionsgate said in a statement on Monday. The film will include “all aspects” of his life and his most noteworthy performances that set him on the path to becoming an icon in the musical world,” it said.
Production will start this year and the film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Graham King, who both said that Jaafar Jackson had a natural ability to emulate his uncle and bring him to life.
“It was clear that he is the only person to take on this role,” King said in a news release, adding that he “cannot wait for the world to see him on the big screen as Michael Jackson”.