For those of you looking forward to a Michael Jackson biopic, well you are in luck as it will be getting done. Jackson, the forever “King of Pop,” is going to be represented on film by his nephew, Jaafar Jackson. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has signed up to be behind the camera for Michael. Juliano Krue Valdi is on board to represent Jackson as he looked and performed with the Jackson 5.
The movie will premiere in movie theaters on April 18, 2025. Production work on the biopic was to start on Monday.
As far as Jaafar Jackson is concerned, he’s the son of Jermaine Jackson. This keeps the film as a sort of family project to an extent. Fuqua had this to say about casting Jackson in the main role. “It’s uncanny how much [Jaafar is] like Michael,” he said, according to Remind Magazine. “Sounds like him, dances like him, sings. It’s uncanny. Graham King, who is a fantastic producer, found him and introduced him to me, and I was blown away.”
Michael Jackson Biopic Star Talks About Music
In a 2019 interview with The Hype Magazine, Jaafar Jackson talks about getting into the music scene. He was 23 at the time of this interview.
“I taught myself how to play piano, started taking vocal lessons, dancing, and studying other great artists,” he said. “I was going to a lot of different sessions just to be able to create and see where it leads. It doesn’t happen overnight when you find a sound for yourself. It took awhile until I felt comfortable with what I was creating and being proud of it.”
When Jackson was 15 years old, he reportedly was collaborating with other musicians and songwriters. And yes, Jackson does give credit to his father Jermaine for listening to his music and offering tips.
Meanwhile, in turning our attention to Valdi, he’s a very interesting young man. Valdi shares videos on social media of him impersonating Jackson. He does a pretty mean moonwalk.
Additionally, his ability to at least mimic Michael caught the attention of the right people. Valdi commented on getting this opportunity in a statement. “This opportunity is really important to me because Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and he is very special in my heart,” Valdi said. “I’ve been dancing to his songs for five years now. He makes me feel really special and makes me feel good about myself. I love the energy of Michael Jackson.”
Jackson’s Life Came Under Scrutiny
In addition, Jackson’s life has been under a microscope for child sexual assault allegations. In an HBO documentary, Leaving Netherland, the allegations were revisited. A Broadway show titled MJ: The Musical focused on Jackson’s preparation ahead of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour.
Also, some family members are involved with the Michael biopic. Michael Jackson died at 50 years old on June 25, 2009. Jackson’s death was ruled as a homicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. In a statement, they listed the main cause as acute propofol intoxication.
The main drugs directly responsible for Jackson’s death were propofol and lorazepam.
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