Michael Jackson Biopic: Release date, cast and everything we know

Michael Jackson Biopic: Release date, cast and everything we know

Lionsgate is producing a biopic titled “Michael” about the life and career of Michael Jackson. The lead role will be played by Jaafar Jackson, the King of Pop’s nephew. The film follows the success of Broadway’s “MJ: The Musical,” which won four Tony Awards in 2022 and featured Myles Frost and Roman Wellington Banks in the lead roles during its national tour starting in August 2023. From the release date to the cast, here’s everything to know about the Michael Jackson biopic.

Michael Jackson Biopic: Release date

Michael Jackson Biopic: Release date
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Yes, Michael is scheduled to premiere on April 18, 2025, which is Easter weekend. As of right now, Michael will be the only movie opening on that date, as Universal had previously removed the horror sequel The Exorcist: Deceiver from that weekend slot.

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The Cast and Crew

Who is in the cast of the Michael Jackson biopic?
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Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s 27-year-old nephew, has been chosen to portray the pop legend in the upcoming film “Michael.” Director Antoine Fuqua praised Jaafar’s natural ability to emulate Michael and his chemistry with the camera. Producer Graham King stated that Jaafar was the clear choice for the role, impressed by his embodiment of Michael’s spirit and personality.

Nine-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi has been cast to portray a young Michael Jackson during his early years with the Jackson 5. Director Fuqua emphasised Valdi’s raw talent in capturing Michael’s essence through voice, charisma, and dance skills.

Colman Domingo, known for his role in “Rustin,” will play the role of Joe Jackson, the Jackson family patriarch. Producer King praised Domingo’s incredible range and expressed gratitude for his involvement in the project. Domingo himself expressed excitement about exploring Michael Jackson’s complicated soul and cultural impact.

Nia Long will portray Katherine Jackson, describing her character as an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the Jackson family. Long expressed honour in bringing Katherine’s voice to the screen and sharing Michael Jackson’s story with audiences worldwide.

The plot

What will the Michael Jackson biopic be about?
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According to the film’s official synopsis, “Michael will bring audiences a riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet complicated man who became the King of Pop.”

“The film presents his triumphs and tragedies on an epic, cinematic scale — from his human side and personal struggles to his undeniable creative genius, exemplified by his most iconic performances,” the statement continues. “As never before, audiences will experience an inside look into one of the most influential, trailblazing artists the world has ever known.”

Who is directing the Michael Jackson biopic?

Who is directing the Michael Jackson biopic?
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“Michael” will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, known for his work on The Equalizer trilogy, Southpaw, Emancipation, and acclaimed documentaries such as What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali and Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers. Fuqua expressed his deep connection to music and film, citing Michael Jackson as a major influence on his career, particularly in his early days directing music videos.

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