The film, which chronicles Michael Jackson’s ascent to popularity both as a solo performer and as a member of the Jackson 5, will feature a significant role for the record label. Playing Gordy, the Motown mogul who brought together groups like the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Diana Ross & the Supremes, is “Power” star Tate (who, coincidentally, played Quincy Jones, the producer of “Thriller” in 2004’s “Ray”).

As lead vocalist of the hit band and a major influence on Michael Jackson throughout his life, Ross was asked to publicly present the Jackson 5 to the world. Graham (“Love in the Villa,” Tyler Perry’s upcoming “Black, White & Blue”) plays Ross.


actors are also involved in the Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International project: Kendrick Sampson (“Insecure”) as Quincy Jones, a prominent figure in the music industry; Liv Symone (“Power Book III: Raising Kanan”) as Gladys Knight; Kevin Shinick (“Robot Chicken”) as Dick Clark; KeiLyn Durrel Jones (“The Other Two,” “How to Die Alone”) as Jackson’s former security guard turned confidante and trusted friend; and Jessica Sula (“Split”) as Michael Jackson’s older sister La Toya Jackson. Three of Michael Jackson’s most well-known albums—”Off the Wall” (1979), “Thriller” (1982), and “Bad” (1987)—were co-written by them.

The movie “Michael,” directed by Antoine Fuqua, is now in development and has a large cast of fresh actors. Nine-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi will portray the King of Pop from his early days in the Jackson 5, and Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson will play his uncle for the first time in the film.

and Katherine Jackson, who are in charge of their family, will be portrayed by Colman Domingo and Nia Long. Miles Teller will portray Jackson’s advisor and attorney, John Branca. Jackson’s siblings will be portrayed by eight actors in two distinct eras. Laura Harrier is set to portray Suzanne de Passe, a trailblazing female music entrepreneur, as first reported by Variety.

On April 18, 2025, the film, which is produced by Graham King of GK Films (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), will open in theatres. The story’s author, John Logan, is up for three Oscars. To support his brothers, Prince Jackson, Jackson’s eldest son, is helping the directors and actors on site.

King commented in a news release, “I’m thrilled that we were able to get such a great group of actors to work on this.” “What they bring to these significant roles adds to the incredible ensemble and gives the movie a rich background.”

Along with the publication came a revised synopsis that addresses Jackson’s “accusations” for the first time:

“Michael” will offer viewers a candid and compelling glimpse inside the life of the intelligent but challenging man who rose to fame as the King of Pop. Even at the height of his popularity, Jackson faced accusations and relentless media scrutiny. This epic, cinematic film will examine his triumphs and tragedies, from his personal life to these issues. By recreating his most well-known and iconic roles, the all-star filmmaking crew will also showcase Michael’s indisputable creative brilliance. Like never before, the public will have an up-close look at one of the most significant and avant-garde artists the world has ever known.

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