Jaafar Jackson channels uncle Michael in first-look photo from biopic

The highly-anticipated biopic “Michael” offers a glimpse into the uncanny resemblance between Jaafar Jackson and his late uncle, the legendary Michael Jackson, people.com, reports. Released on Tuesday, a striking image showcases Jaafar, 27, embodying the King of Pop during his iconic 1990s era, complete with the signature white button-up, V-neck, and sleek ponytail as he graces the stage.

Producer Graham King expressed awe, stating, “With Jaafar, every look, every note, every dance move is Michael.” Director Antoine Fuqua echoed this sentiment, emphasising Jaafar’s ability to transcend mere physical resemblance and embody Michael’s spirit.

Renowned photographer Kevin Mazur, who captured the electrifying moment, reminisced about the palpable nostalgia and authenticity on set, likening it to his experiences photographing Michael during tours.

Jaafar Jackson as Michael Jackson in ‘Michael” (2025). Image credit: Kevin Mazur/ Lionsgate

Set to hit theatres on April 18, 2025, “Michael” promises a star-studded cast including Jaafar Jackson, portraying his uncle, alongside Colman Domingo, Nia Long, and Miles Teller. Lionsgate’s collaboration with talents like Jaafar and director Fuqua ensures an immersive portrayal of the pop icon’s life and legacy, inviting audiences to witness Michael Jackson’s unparalleled magic once again on the silver screen.

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