Michael Jackson’s Nephew Set To Portray The ‘King Of Pop’ In Forthcoming Biopic About The Legendary Entertainer
No one knew the late Michael Jackson better than his own family!
According to reports, Michael Jackson’s nephew, Jaafar Jackson, is scheduled to play the iconic pop star in the highly-anticipated ‘Michael’ biopic.
The exciting news was confirmed by the forthcoming project’s director, Antoine Fuqua — who directed multiple hit films such as ‘Training Day’ and ‘Emancipation.’ The biopic was written by John Logan.
When announcing Jaafar Jackson’s (son of The Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson) role as his uncle, Michael Jackson, Antoine Fuqua shared,
“Proud to announce [Jaafar Jackson] as Michael [Jackson] — the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop. Coming soon.”
Following the filmmaker’s unveil, Jaafar Jackson took to his Twitter to share his sentiments on the opportunity to portray his legendary uncle.
“I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life. To all the fans all over the world, I’ll see you soon.”
Produced by Graham King, ‘Michael’ will tell the story of the world’s greatest, Michael Jackson, and his unorthodox rise to global stardom.
Expressing the impact that Jackson had on him, Fuqua said,
“The first films of my career were music videos, and I still feel that combining film and music are a deep part of who I am. For me, there is no artist with the power, the charisma, and the sheer musical genius of Michael Jackson.”
“I was influenced to make music videos by watching his work – the first Black artist to play in heavy rotation on MTV. His music and those images are part of my worldview, and the chance to tell his story on the screen alongside his music was irresistible.”
Jaafar Jackson has clearly trailed his father and uncle’s footsteps. The Gen-Zer is also a flourishing singer-songwriter with his own creative sound.
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