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Lionsgate Announces More Castings in Upcoming Biopic, “Michael,” Including Kat Graham and Larenz Tate

Lionsgate Announces More Castings in Upcoming Biopic, “Michael,” Including Kat Graham and Larenz Tate

We are learning more about the cast in the upcoming biopic film, Michael. On Monday, Lionsgate revealed that former The Vampire Diaries star, Kat Graham, will star as Diana Ross. In addition to Graham’s casting, Menace II Society and Love Jones star, Larenz Tate was also casted as Berry Gordy.

The news comes months after Tate’s former co-star and love interest in Love Jones, Nia Long announced her casting as Katherine Jackson. In a statement earlier this year from The Hollywood Reporter, Long hailed Katherine as “an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family.”

Details circling around the biopic reveal that film will lean in musical drama direction while focusing on the life of late “King of Pop,” star Michael Jackson, who will be played by his nephew, Jaafar Jackson. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by John Logan, Michael also stars Oscar Nominee Colman Domingo as Joe Jackson, Kendrick Sampson as Quincy Jones, Jessica Sula as La Toya Jackson, Miles Teller, and Laura Harrier.

During an interview with Variety, Fuqua stated how impressed he was by the performance from Jaafar Jackson embodying his uncle and channeling his spirit.

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Jaafar Jackson as Michael Jackson in MICHAEL. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

“It’s incredibly exciting to watch Jaafar bring Michael to life,” he said. “There was such a spiritual connection when I first met Jaafar, who has a natural ability to emulate Michael and such a great chemistry with the camera. It’s Michael’s spirit that comes through in a magical way. You have to experience it to believe it,” he explained.

Michael is set to premiere April 18, 2025.

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