Jaafar Jackson As King of Pop

Lionsgate and Universal have dropped the first image from Antoine Fuqua’s Michael, the highly anticipated Michael Jackson biopic hitting theaters in 2025.

The photo – see it below – shows Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson in performance as the King of Pop performing “Man in the Mirror” from the legendary 1992-1993 Dangerous Tour.

Photographer Kevin Mazur shot the image.

Jaafar Jackson as Michael Jackson in 'Michael' biopic

Jaafar Jackson as Michael Jackson in ‘Michael’ biopic

Kevin Mazur / Lionsgate

Mazur was one of the photographers who documented Michael Jackson, capturing rehearsals as he prepared to entertain the world with his “This Is It” concerts. 

“​​When I arrived for my first day on the set of this movie, I was so excited – it was like the first time I went on tour to shoot Michael Jackson,” said Mazur. “When I walked onto the set, I felt like I’d gone back in time and I was walking into the stadium to shoot the tour. Seeing Jaafar perform, I thought, ‘Wow, it is Michael.’ The way he looks and acts, his mannerisms, everything – he’s Michael Jackson. For anyone who didn’t have the chance to see Michael perform live during his lifetime – this is how it was.”

“With Jaafar, every look, every note, every dance move is Michael,” said producer Graham King. “He embodies Michael in a way that no other actor could.”

Fuqua added, “We have assembled an incredible team of artists for this project – hair & makeup, costumes, cinematography, choreography, lighting, everything – and some who knew and worked with Michael are reuniting for this film. But most importantly, it’s Jaafar who embodies Michael. It goes beyond the physical resemblance. It’s Michael’s spirit that comes through in a magical way. You have to experience it to believe it.”

Michael hits theaters on April 18, 2025. Oscar winner Graham King/GK Films (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Aviator, The Departed) produces off of 3x Oscar nominee John Logan’s script. The movie is also produced by the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain. Lionsgate is distributing the film stateside and in Japan, while Universal Pictures has it in all offshore territories.


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