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Michael Jackson’s 26-year-old nephew has confirmed he will play the singer in a new big-screen biopic.
The performance of Jafar Jackson in the film, simply titled “Michael,” will mark his first major film role.
Announcing the news on social media, the young actor said he is “honored” to have been cast.
Jaafar is the second son of songwriter and Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother.
“Michael” will become the latest in a series of biopics musicals on the big screen, following the release of films that have dealt with the careers of Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Queen and Elton John.
“Jaafar embodies my son”
The film is made with the cooperation of Michael Jackson’s estate. It is unclear whether or not he will refer to allegations of child sexual abuse that were made against the singer during his lifetime and after his death.
Jackson has always maintained his innocence and was found not guilty of child molestation in 2005.
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, said: “Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him continue the Jackson legacy of artists and performers.”
Antoine Fuqua, who directed Training Day Y emancipationWill Smith’s recent film for Apple, will direct the biopic.
Michael Jackson is one of the most well-known singers in music history, from rising to fame with his family’s band, the Jackson 5, to becoming one of the most successful artists of all time.
His most popular solo singles include Billie Jean, smooth criminal, beat it, Bad Y Rock With Youwhile thriller it remains the best-selling album in history.
Fuqua said the film “explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop,” while production studio Lionsgate said it will include “his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest artist of all time.” time”.
One of the film’s producers is Graham King, who also produced Bohemian Rhapsodythe Oscar-winning biopic of Queen.
King said that the team behind the film I search heavily on an actor to play Jacksonbefore finally settling on Jaafar.
“I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically embodies Michael’s spirit and personality,” King said.
“It was something so powerful that even after conducting a worldwide search, it was clear that he is the only person who would take on this role.”
The script for “Michael” will be written by John Logan, who also wrote gladiator, The Aviator and the James Bond movies Skyfall Y Specter.
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