Step into the world of the King of Pop with an upcoming biopic, “Michael,” offering a riveting journey through Michael Jackson’s life and legacy.
Get ready to moonwalk down memory lane as Lionsgate gears up for a biopic about the King of Pop, simply titled Michael.
This exciting cinematic venture, announced in January 2023, promises to capture the essence of Michael Jackson’s life and career in a way that’s both entertaining and revealing, as per Deadline.
According to Billboard, leading the pack is none other than Jackson’s 27-year-old nephew, Jaafar Jackson.
Director Antoine Fuqua expressed his excitement about watching Jaafar embody Michael, as per Variety. He emphasized the spiritual connection he felt during their first meeting.
Producer Graham King echoed the sentiment, highlighting Jaafar’s natural ability to emulate the iconic musician.
The film, however, doesn’t just focus on the adult Michael.
According to Entertainment Weekly, it also delves into his early years with nine-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi portraying the young Jackson during his Jackson 5 days.
What’s the Story?
As per The Hollywood Reporter, The official synopsis promises a riveting and honest portrayal of the “brilliant yet complicated man who became the King of Pop.”
From personal struggles to creative genius, the film aims to provide an inside look into one of the most influential artists the world has ever known.
The big question remains: will it address controversies surrounding Jackson?
This includes the allegations of child abuse detailed in the 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland.
The Masterminds Behind the Scenes
Antoine Fuqua, known for directing films like The Equalizer trilogy and Southpaw, takes the helm.
Fuqua’s career started with music videos. In a statement with The Hollywood Reporter, he expressed his deep connection to the combination of film and music. He cites Michael Jackson as a major influence.
As per USA Today, the screenplay comes from the talented John Logan, while Graham King, of Bohemian Rhapsody fame, leads the production team.
As per The Rolling Stone, the involvement of Michael Jackson’s estate, with co-executors John Branca and John McClain, ensures authenticity.
Even Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has given her seal of approval. She stated with The Hollywood Reporter that Jaafar truly embodies her son and carries on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.
Save the Date
Mark your calendars because according to People, the worldwide release will be on April 18, 2025.
Michael isn’t just another biopic; it’s a celebration of Michael Jackson’s extraordinary life and career.
With an engaging cast, an experienced director, and the blessing of Jackson’s family, this film is poised to be a must-watch for fans and curious minds alike.
Get ready for a cinematic experience that promises to be as thrilling as a classic Michael Jackson performance.
Banner photo via Instagram @lionsgate.