Nia Long – Public Reacts To Actress Being Cast As Katherine Jackson In Upcoming Michael Jackson Biopic: ‘Can’t Tell Whether This Is Giving Academy Award Or BET Award’
Nia Long is adding another major role to her resume.
On Tuesday (Jan. 30) news broke that veteran actress Nia Long will play Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson in the highly anticipated biopic “Michael.” The film’s director Antoine Fuqua – who has several notable projects under his belt such as “Training Day,” “The Equalizer” installments, and “The Magnificent Seven” – spoke about Nia Long joining the cast and said,
“Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times.”
Long also released a statement on the role. She expressed,
“Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”
As previously reported, Colman Domingo will play Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson, and Jaafar Jackson – Jackson’s nephew — will play the King of Pop. As of now, the project is reportedly aiming for an April 18, 2025, global theatrical release. The public wasted no time weighing in on Long’s role, with some expressing their excitement and others questioning if she has the range needed for the part. One person wrote on X,
“I can’t tell whether this is giving Academy award or BET award”
“Ummmm I’m gonna need to see how this turns out cause I’m not happy about these casting choices”
However, many people shared positive reactions to the casting. A fan wrote,
“Honestly I can see it”
Someone else added,
“Nia bout to eat that”
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