King was one of the key producers behind the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and it clearly seems like he’s trying to capture that same magic here. While that movie was not everyone’s cup of tea, it did make a stunning $910 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest non-franchise films in history. And given that Michael Jackson is among the most popular recording artists of all time, one can only imagine the potential that exists here.
Granted, the story is tricky to navigate. Jackson’s life was filled with ugly corners, from his childhood to later on in life when he was accused of criminally inappropriate behavior with children, much of which was covered in the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland.” The question is, will director Antoine Fuqua embrace the singer’s full history? Or will the project have more of a rose-colored glasses tint? Fuqua, for his part, had this to say about it:
“We have assembled an incredible team of artists for this project – hair & makeup, costumes, cinematography, choreography, lighting, everything – and some who knew and worked with Michael are reuniting for this film. But most importantly, it’s Jaafar who embodies Michael. It goes beyond the physical resemblance. It’s Michael’s spirit that comes through in a magical way. You have to experience it to believe it.”
Lionsgate and Universal Pictures are set to release “Michael” in theaters on April 18, 2025.
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