Miles Teller And Nia Long The Latest To Join Antoine Fuqua’s Michael Jackson Biopic

It’s been a while since an Antoine Fuqua movie has been heavily considered in the awards season; his style just doesn’t lend to it with the exception of 2001’s Training Day. But that could be about to change with Michael. Just looking at the talent in his upcoming Michael Jackson biopic, it could be his best shot yet.

Casting has begun in earnest, and the latest to join is Miles Teller, playing an attorney for Michael Jackson. His role could possibly be that of Howard Weitzman, Mike Geragos, or Thomas Mesereau, defense attorneys for Jackson at various points. Teller is coming off his role in Top Gun: Maverick, and will return for the upcoming sequel.

Also boarding the film is Nia Long, who will play family matriarch Katherine Jackson. Long is best known for her roles in Friday, Soul Food, and Love Jones.

They join a growing cast that includes Rustin star Colman Domingo as Joe Jackson, and Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, in the lead role. 9-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi will play MJ as a child.

The King of Pop’s story has a script from three-time Oscar nominee, John Logan, writer of Gladiator, The Aviator, and Hugo. Once again, this is looking like a clear awards season film whenever it’s completed. Filming begins soon. [Deadline]

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