Global Release Date Announced for Michael Jackson Biopic Starring Jaafar Jackson: April 18, 2025

LOS ANGELES – The highly anticipated Michael Jackson biopic, titled “Michael,” is set to release globally on April 18, 2025. Lionsgate will handle distribution in the United States, while Universal will be responsible for international distribution. The announcement comes as Lionsgate announced the start of production on “Michael” on Jan. 22.

Written by John Logan and produced by Graham King, the film aims to showcase the complex life of the King of Pop, from his triumphs to his personal struggles. The movie will delve into Jackson’s creativity and shed light on both his successes and tragedies. Notably, the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain, are also involved as producers.

The production team for “Michael” includes renowned talent such as Dion Beebe as Director of Photography, Barbara Ling as Production Designer, Marci Rodgers as Costume Designer, Rich + Tone as Choreographers, Bill Corso as Makeup Artist, Carla Farmer as Hair Stylist, John Warhurst as Sound and Music Supervisor, and Louis Morin as VFX Supervisor. Over 420 individuals make up the talented crew.

Graham King, who secured the rights to the film from the Michael Jackson estate, expressed his excitement about the project. He stated, “I’m so honored to tell Michael’s story. It’s been a long journey, and I’m excited for the film to show audiences around the world a perspective of Michael that they’ve never seen.”

Jaafar Jackson, the 27-year-old nephew of Michael Jackson, has been cast in the lead role. Jaafar, the son of Jermaine Jackson and a talented singer and songwriter, impressed director Antoine Fuqua with his resemblance to his late uncle.

Fuqua, in an interview with EW, mentioned that the biopic would address both the positives and controversies surrounding Michael Jackson’s life. He emphasized the importance of presenting the facts “as we know it” and showcasing the artist, the man, and the human being.

Adam Fogelson, Chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, expressed his excitement about the film, stating, “Michael Jackson was inarguably one of the greatest entertainers of all time… His impact on music, video, art, fashion, culture – and so much more – was extraordinary and is still profoundly relevant. I can’t wait for audiences to be able to see this film in theaters worldwide next year.”

In summary, the highly anticipated Michael Jackson biopic, “Michael,” will make its global debut on April 18, 2025. Lionsgate will handle distribution in the United States, and Universal will handle international distribution. The film aims to present a comprehensive portrayal of Michael Jackson’s life, addressing both his successes and controversies. With a talented production team and Jaafar Jackson in the lead role, the biopic is poised to provide audiences with a fresh perspective on the legendary entertainer.