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Jaafar Jackson as king of pop

Lionsgate and Universal revealed the first image of Antoine Fuqua Michael, The highly anticipated Michael Jackson biopic will hit theaters in 2025.

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

Photographer Kevin Mazur took the photo.

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 shooting Michael Jackson,” Mazur said. “When I walked onto the set, I felt like I was going back in time and I was walking into the stadium to shoot the tour. Seeing Jaafar play, I was like, “Wow, that’s Michael. “His appearance and behavior, his mannerisms, everything – it’s Michael Jackson. For anyone who didn’t have the chance to see Michael perform in concert during his lifetime, here’s what it was like.

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

Fuqua added, “We brought together an incredible team of artists for this project – hair and makeup, costumes, cinematography, choreography, lighting, everything – and some who knew and worked with Michael are coming together for this film. But above all, it is Jaafar who plays Michael. It goes beyond physical resemblance. It’s Michael’s spirit shining through in a magical way. You have to experience it to believe it.

Michael hits theaters April 18, 2025. Academy Award winner Graham King/GK Films (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Aviator, The Departed) produced from the screenplay by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan. The film is also produced by Michael Jackson’s co-executors John Branca and John McClain. Lionsgate is distributing the film in the United States and Japan, while Universal Pictures is releasing it in all offshore territories.

Jaafar Jackson as Michael Jackson in biopic

Jaafar Jackson as Michael Jackson in ‘Michael’ biopic

Kevin Mazur / Lionsgate

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