Michael Jackson the biopic: his nephew who plays him is his exact copy

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The resemblance is striking. Check out a behind-the-scenes video from the filming of the movie “Michael” in which Jaafar Jackson plays his uncle wonderfully.

Rehearsals for the Michael Jackson biopic started last Monday, November 27, in Los Angeles! The first images of the long-awaited film are starting to circulate on the Web. The opportunity to discover the person who embodies the young king of pop: Jaafar Jackson who is none other than the nephew of the superstar.

And the resemblance to his uncle is stunning! Gestures, dance steps, haircut, clothes… Everything in this sequence shared by the “DailyMail” makes us believe in the reappearance of Michael Jackson singing “Man In The Mirror”.

The 27-year-old artist is the son of Jermaine Jackson, big brother of Michael, who also belonged to the Jackson 5 group.

I am so honored to be able to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life. To all the fans around the world, see you soon.», Reacted Jaafar Jackson on his Instagram account, after the formalization of his role last January.

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“It’s strange how much he looks like Michael.”

The biopic on Michael Jackson will look back on the life and career of the American artist: from his beginnings with the Jackson 5 through his solo launch and his triumphs on stage until the end of his life at the age of 50.

The feature film about the king of pop, who died in 2009, is directed by American filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, known for his film “Training Day”. The film which should be called “Michael” is produced by Graham King, who has already worked on “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Departed”. The screenplay is by John Logan who has already written and worked on “Gladiator”, “The Aviator” and “Skyfall”.

Antoine Fuqua spoke about the choice of Jaafar Jackson in the casting of the biopic event. The director said he too was troubled by the similarities between the nephew and his uncle. “It’s strange how much he looks like Michael.“, he told “Entertainment Weekly”. He adds about it: “He expresses himself the same way, he dances like him, sings like him. It’s really strange. Graham King, who is a fantastic producer, found it, and pitched it to me, and I was blown away.”

“Michael” should be available on our screens in 2025 but no official release date has yet been revealed.


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