Jaafar Jackson, the son of Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine Jackson, has been cast in a forthcoming biopic of his famous uncle. See what the 26-year-old thought about being “honored.”
Jaafar Jackson has finally taken up his uncle Michael Jackson’s famed moonwalking shoes.
The 26-year-old, the second youngest child of Michael Jackson’s brother, Jermaine Jackson, and his ex-wife Alejandra Oaziaza, will play the King of Pop in the forthcoming biopic, Michael. Antoine Fuqua, the film’s director, broke the news with an Instagram image showing Jaafar’s metamorphosis.
“Proud to announce @jaafarjackson as Michael—the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop,” the Training Day director captioned a black-and-white photo of the actor dressed as the late star on Jan. 30. “Coming soon.”
According to a press release, Michael will chronicle the ups and downs of the pop star’s legacy up to his death in 2009, and will go into all aspects of his career, “including his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest entertainer of all time.”
Jaafar, for his part, expressed his joy at the prospect of starting something in his uncle’s name, saying alongside his own social media post, “I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life.” I’ll see you all shortly, supporters all across the globe.”
It’s also worth mentioning that Jaafar’s elder brother, Jourdynn Jackson, was mentioned as the photographer behind the transforming shot in his brother’s announcement post.
Many people congratulated Jaafar on his new career shortly after his announcement, including his cousin T.J. Jackson, whose father is Tito Jackson. “I’m very proud of you, Jaafar,” he wrote, “words can’t explain how happy I am…You’ve got it…..You genuinely are the only one who can do it correctly. “LET US GO!”
Another family member that is overjoyed to hear the news? Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, also expressed her delight at the casting being so close to home.
“Jaafar embodies my son,” she stated in a statement released with the film’s debut. “It’s wonderful to see him carrying on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”