Current Oscar nominee Colman Domingo (“Rustin,” “The Color Purple”) is set to play the late Joe Jackson, the controversial father of pop singer Michael Jackson and his siblings, in Antoine Fuqua’s biopic “Michael”.

John Logan (“Gladiator,” “The Aviator”) wrote the script and the official synopsis says this will tell the “never-before-told and in-depth portrayal of the complicated man who became the King of Pop. [It] will explore all aspects of Michael’s life, including his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest entertainer of all time.”

Jackson was the most-awarded musician in history. Over a four-decade career, he was a global figure who influenced artists across many music genres. From the late 1980s through to his death in 2009 at age 50, Jackson became a figure of controversy, speculation and investigation due to his physical appearance, relationships, behavior, and lifestyle.

Domingo joins Jaafar Jackson, Michael’s real-life nephew, who will be playing Michael himself in the film. In an official statement, Domingo says:

“I’m excited to be a part of a film that explores both the complicated soul of the legendary Michael Jackson as well as his impact on music and culture as a global icon.

Not only am I fortunate to have a rich, complex and flawed character to portray in Joe Jackson, but I also have a front row seat for Jaafar’s incredible transformation.

After seeing him in rehearsal, my mind was blown. There is something divine about the way that Jaafar is channeling his late uncle. His talent and embodiment of Michael’s essence is simply on another level.”

Graham King (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) will produce alongside John Branca and John McClain who are the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate.

Source: Lionsgate

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