The first image has been released from the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic starring the singer’s nephew.
Michael, a biopic about the late King of Pop, is scheduled to begin filing on January 22, Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International announced earlier this month.
The film’s star, Jaafar Jackson, 27, who is the son of Michael’s brother Jermaine Jackson, shared a photo of himself in character as the singer on his Instagram page.
“The Journey Starts Monday,” he wrote underneath a black-and-white shot of himself performing the music icon’s signature, gravity-defying, toe-standing move while wearing a black fedora.
Last week it was announced that Juliano Krue Valdi, 9, would play a young Michael in the biopic.
“This opportunity is really important to me because Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and he is very special in my heart,” the child star said in a statement.
“I’ve been dancing to his songs for five years now. He makes me feel really special and makes me feel good about myself. I love the energy of Michael Jackson.”
The studio said Michael “will bring audiences a riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet complicated man who became the King of Pop”.
They added, “The film presents his triumphs and tragedies on an epic, cinematic scale — from his human side and personal struggles to his undeniable creative genius, exemplified by his most iconic performances.
“As never before, audiences will experience an inside look into one of the most influential, trailblazing artists the world has ever known.”
Jackson’s estate is also producing the film.
Michael is set for release on April 18, 2025.