Production has begun on the Michael Jackson biopic directed by Antoine Fuqua; who is cast as the King of Pop?

The much awaited Michael Jackson biopic, helmed by Antoine Fuqua, is scheduled to open in theaters in April 2025. Filming for the movie, which stars Jaafar Jackson, Jermaine Jackson’s son and the late King of Pop’s nephew, is set to begin on January 22. Graham King, who has produced critically acclaimed movies such as Bohemian Rhapsody and The Departed, will produce the project.

Michael Jackson had a complicated life full of accolades

The official description states that John Logan’s film explores the human side, successes, tragedies, and creative genius displayed in his most famous performances. It also looks at the complicated man who rose to become a global sensation.

2019 saw the announcement that Logan and King would be working together once more, having previously worked together on Martin Scorsese’s films The Aviator and The Departed.

To make the movie, King has obtained the rights to Michael Jackson’s estate, which includes all of the musician’s compositions. Jackson is a 13-time Grammy winner. It was formally announced at the beginning of 2023 that Jaafar Jackson would play the lead of the movie.

The artist was the target of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of youngsters in the last years of his life. It is unclear how these allegations will be handled. It is noteworthy that the story may be influenced by the singer’s estate officials’ involvement in the endeavor, as noted by specialized media.

Jackson was charged in 2005 but was found not guilty. But ten years after his passing, in 2019, the documentary Leaving Neverland raised new questions.

A California court ruled in favor of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the main subjects of Leaving Neverland and self-proclaimed victims, in August of 2023. They are now able to pursue their lawsuit against the singer’s business associates after successfully appealing the earlier ruling.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of fifty, from cardiorespiratory arrest. His doctor, Conrad Murray, was eventually convicted guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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