AceShowbiz - Filming on the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic has finally begun. Kicking off the production on Monday, November 27, Jaafar Jackson was seen emulating his late uncle in the first photo from the set in Los Angeles.
In photos and a video obtained by Daily Mail and published on Tuesday, the son of Michael's elder brother Jermaine Jackson donned a pair of black trousers that featured a gold stripe on the sides as well as a plain white T-shirt. He layered the look with a button up that was left unfastened.
Jaafar appeared to copy one of Michael's stage looks, minus the signature hat. The actor could be seen standing in front of a white backdrop and showing his dance moves while rehearsing with an empty microphone before camera started rolling.
Jaafar was announced to be cast as his uncle in Antoine Fuqua's film back in January. "Proud to announce @jaafarjackson as Michael - the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop," the filmmaker shared the news via social media along with a picture of the 27-year-old wearing outfit similar to the one MJ sported in his "Billie Jean" era while dancing in front of mirrors.
The director also said in a statement, "It's incredibly exciting to watch Jaafar bring Michael to life. 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."
In a recent interview with EW, Antoine said he's "blown away" by Jaafar's "uncanny" resemblance to the late King of Pop. "It's uncanny how much he's like Michael," he said. "Sounds like him, dances like him, sings. It's really uncanny. Graham King, who is a fantastic producer, found him, and introduced him to me, and I was blown away."
Asked about his approach to the film, which is scheduled to arrive in 2025, he said, "Just to tell the facts as we know it, about the artist, about the man, about the human being. You know, the good, bad, and the ugly."