Jafaar Jackson plays uncle Michael in new film

Published January 31st, 2023 - 01:30 GMT
Jafaar Jackson to star as uncle Michael in new film
Jaafar Jackson will play his late uncle, pop star Michael Jackson
Jafaar Jackson, nephew of Michael Jackson, to play late singer in new film. 

Jaafar Jackson will play his late uncle, pop star Michael Jackson, in a new film. Antoine Fuqua, who will direct the biopic, announced Jaafar Jackson's casting in an Instagram post Monday.

And Jackson confirmed the news in a post on his own account. "I'm humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael's story to life. To all the fans all over the world, I'll see you soon," he wrote.

Jackson is a singer and songwriter who is the son of Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza. Jermaine Jackson is the brother of Michael Jackson, who died at age 50 in June 2009.

Taj Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson and a cousin of Jaafar Jackson, celebrated Jaafar Jackson's casting on Twitter.

"They found the perfect and only person who could play my uncle in this Biopic. I cried with pride after seeing Jaafar's makeup/hair screen test yesterday. Not only did he embody Michael Jackson...he had the tone, voice cadence, the mannerisms, EVERYTHING!" Taj Jackson wrote.

News broke earlier this month that Fuqua will direct Michael, a biopic from Lionsgate about Michael Jackson. Graham King will produce the film, which will begin principal photography this year.

"The first films of my career were music videos, and I still feel that combining film and music are a deep part of who I am," Fuqua said this month. "For me, there is no artist with the power, the charisma, and the sheer musical genius of Michael Jackson. I was influenced to make music videos by watching his work -- the first Black artist to play in heavy rotation on MTV. His music and those images are part of my worldview, and the chance to tell his story on the screen alongside his music was irresistible."

Fuqua is known for directing Training DayThe Magnificent Seven and Emancipation.

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