It has been over a decade since Michael Jackson passed away. Since then a slew of performers of his era have likewise passed. These include, Whitney Huston, Prince aka The Symbol, George Michael, David Bowie – and the list continues. Today it was revealed that Micheal Jackson’s nephew has posted an eerie photo. It’s unclear if it’s Jackson’s nephew in character, or a shot of Michael.
As per Deadline, Michael Jackson will be played by the late icon’s 26-year old nephew Jaafar Jackson in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film biopic for Lionsgate. Fuqua posted a confirmation on Instagram to this affect. The singer and songwriter is the son of Jermaine Jackson, who is the brother of Michael and member of The Jackson 5. Jaafar (not Jaafar from Aladdin) has been singing and dancing since the age of 12, and has showcased himself singing tunes from Sam Cooke to Marvin Gaye, along with originals.
As Deadline revealed last week, the Emancipation helmer signed on to next direct Michael, which has a script by John Logan. The film’s being produced by Graham King, who turned the Freddie Mercury Queen story into the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody. GK Films will produce alongside the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain.
The biopic could prove to be Oscar worthy – and it will probably win – if it is selected.