Lionsgate and Universal have released the first image from Antoine Fuqua's film Michael, the long-awaited Michael Jackson biopic that will hit theaters in 2025.
The photo – see below – shows Jackson's nephew, Jaafar Jackson, playing the King of Pop singing “Man in the Mirror” from the legendary 1992-1993 Dangerous Tour.
Photographer Kevin Mazur shot the image.
Mazur was one of the photographers who documented Michael Jackson, capturing rehearsals as he prepared to entertain the world with his “This Is It” shows.
“When I arrived for my first day on the set of this movie, I was so excited — it was like it was the first time I went on tour to film Michael Jackson,” Mazur said. “When I walked onto set, I felt like I had gone back in time and was walking into the stadium to film the tour. When I saw Jaafar perform, I thought, 'Wow, that's Michael.' The way he looks and acts, his mannerisms, everything – he's Michael Jackson. For anyone who didn’t have the opportunity to see Michael perform live during his lifetime – that’s how it was.”
“With Jaafar, every look, every note, every dance move is Michael,” said producer Graham King. “He embodies Michael in a way no other actor could.”
Fuqua added: “We've assembled an incredible team of artists for this project – hair and makeup, costumes, photography, choreography, lighting, everything – and some who knew and worked with Michael are reuniting for this film. But the most important thing is that it is Jaafar who embodies Michael. It goes beyond physical similarity. It is Michael's spirit that shines through in a magical way. You have to try it to believe it.”
Michael hits theaters April 18, 2025. Oscar Winner Graham King/GK Films (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Aviator, The Departed) produces the screenplay by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan. The film is also produced by the co-executors of Michael Jackson's estate, John Branca and John McClain. Lionsgate is distributing the film in the United States and Japan, while Universal Pictures distributes it in all offshore territories.