Michael Jackson biopic

In the age of musical biopics, it was only a matter of time before the King of Pop would get one. With Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse both getting the big screen treatment of late, megastar Michael Jackson’s life is set to be turned into a film, landing in cinemas in early 2025.

Titled Michael, it will follow the singer’s career, from his early life with the Jackson Five to his massive successes with “Off the Wall”, “Thriller”, “Bad” and more- and his nephew Jaafar Jackson will be stepping into his shoes. There’s no trailer yet, but it’s sure to be one of the most talked-about movies coming soon.

What do we know so far about Michael?

With over 500 million record sales and still endlessly talked about, Michael Jackson remains popular and a source of controversy around the world, and Michael will come just over 60 years after he first debuted with the Jacksons back in 1964.

The new movie will be directed by Antoine Fuqua , known for his films such as Training Day Southpaw and The Equaliser, and stars Jaafar in his first major screen role. One of the first sneak peek images from the new project depicts the pop star performing on stage in the midst of the 90s Dangerous tour, and the actor and the singer certainly look alike. The director said in an interview with Empire magazine: “It’s Jaafar who embodies Michael. It goes beyond the physical resemblance. It’s Michael’s spirit that comes through in a magical way. You have to experience it to believe it.”

What else do we know?

Not much in detail has been released about the plot of the film other than it going into his life and 40-year career, but a few other cast members have been announced: Whiplash and Top Gun: Maverick star Miles Teller will be playing John Branca, Jackson’s career manager who helped create the game-changing “Thriller” music video in the 1980s.

Colman Domingo (Euphoria, If Beale Street Could Talk) portrays Joe Jackson, the father of Michael and a talent manager, while Nia Long plays Michael’s mother Jackson. Meanwhile, newcomer Juliano Krue Valdi will play a young Michael Jackson at the beginning of his singing career.

When is Michael set to release?

There’s still a while yet before the biopic arrives on our screens: currently, the film is set to release in cinemas on 18th April 2025, and there’ll be plenty more details and images released in the months ahead.

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