Michael Jackson Biopic ‘Michael’ Sets Nia Long As Matriarch Katherine Jackson

Written by on January 31, 2024

(Deadline) – Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International’s Michael Jackson biopic Michael has cast Nia Long as Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson.

The Antoine Fuqua directed movie is now shooting for an April 18, 2025, global theatrical release.

“Beyond Nia’s incredible talent, I was deeply moved by her connection to the material and her commitment to honoring Katherine and the love she had for her son,” said Michael producer Graham King.

Fuqua added, “Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times.”

Long exclaimed, “Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Long is a 4x NAACP Image Award winner and star of the Best Man franchise, Netflix’s You People, Sony’s SearchingLove JonesFridaySoul FoodBoyz N the Hood, and several other films and TV series.

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