Michael Jackson’s biopic has got its lead star. The legendary pop icon’s role will be played by his nephew Jaafar Jackson. The film is being directed by Antoine Fuqua for Lionsgate. Fuqua took to Instagram to announce the casting with a photo of Jaafar as Michael. Jaafar is a singer and songwriter and the son of Jermaine Jackson, who is the elder brother of Michael and member of The Jackson 5.
The biopic titled Michael has a script written by John Logan and is being produced by Graham King. GK Films will produce alongside the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain.
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Reportedly, the film will not shy away from the controversies of Michael’s life, the pedophile accusations that plagued his latest years up to his death in 2009 at age 50, from cardiac arrest caused by a cocktail of sedatives.
The 26-year-old, Jaafar has been singing and dancing since the age of 12 and has sung a few originals as well as tunes from Sam Cooke to Marvin Gaye.