Michael Jackson’s nephew Jaafar has confirmed he will portray the singer in a new big-screen biopic.
The 26-year-old actor’s appearance in the film – titled Michael – will mark his first major film role.
Jaafar is the second-youngest son of songwriter and Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother.
Announcing the news on Instagram, the young actor said he was “humbled and honoured” to have been cast.
Sharing a black and white picture of himself dressed in Jackson’s famous white-socks-black shoes combo, he wrote: “I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life.
“To all the fans all over the world, I’ll see you soon.”
On Monday, Lionsgate announced that Michael will be produced by Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King.
The official account of Michael Jackson wrote: “Have you heard the news?
“Michael’s nephew, Jaafar, has been chosen to portray Michael in the upcoming biopic on the King of Pop!”
“I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael,” said King in a statement shared with US media.
“It was something so powerful that even after conducting a worldwide search, it was clear that he is the only person to take on this role.”
Fuqua added in a statement that Jackson “has a natural ability to emulate Michael and such a great chemistry with the camera”.
Michael will be an authorised portrait of the pop star, who died in 2009.
The film, scripted by Gladiator and The Aviator screenwriter John Logan, is being produced with the co-operation of the singer’s estate.
“Jaafar embodies my son,” Katherine Jackson said in a statement.
“It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”
Michael is due to begin shooting later this year.
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