Jaafar Jackson To Play His Uncle Michael Jackson In Antoine Fuqua’s King Of Pop Biopic

Well, that didn’t take long. While it might seem that finding someone to play the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in a biopic would take a long time, it has literally taken less than two weeks. Not only that, but he was right under the noses of the Jackson estate and director Antoine Fuqua.

Singer/songwriter Jaafar Jackson, son of Jermaine Jackson and Michael Jackson’s nephew, will star in Fuqua’s Michael Jackson biopic. To the best of my knowledge, this is Jaafar’s first major acting role, although he has appeared as himself on numerous reality shows. And of course, the Jackson gene pool is damn talented.

“It’s incredibly exciting to watch Jaafar bring Michael to life,” said Fuqua. “There was such a spiritual connection when I first met Jaafar, who has a natural ability to emulate Michael and such a great chemistry with the camera.”

This wouldn’t be happening without the approval of Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, who says,  “Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”

The film will be produced by Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Graham King, from a script by Oscar-nominated Gladiator writer John Logan. How deep the film will go into Jackson’s very-troubled life and career remains to be seen.


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Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.