November 20, 2011 at 6:19 am #438415
I remember during the weeks after Michael Jackson’s death back in 2009, we had a discussion, a rather heated debate about who would play MJ in a bio-pic – a black actor, white, hispanic, bi-racial, etc. this article from EW starts it up again –
Michael Jackson Biopic in the Works: Who Should Play the King of Pop?
that the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray has reached its conclusion (he’ll
be sentenced on November 29), the estate of Michael Jackson can get back
to the business of flooding the market with product to keep the late
King of Pop in the collective consciousness forever. The Cirque du
Soleil show based on his music is currently on the road, and there are
supposedly many more posthumous releases coming from Michael’s vaults.
According to Variety, the next logical piece of the puzzle has started to fall into place; MJ
estate executor John Branca has approached Ivan Reitman and Tom
Pollock’s Montecito Picture Company about the prospect of producing a
biopic based on Jackson’s life. The project is only at the “discussions”
stage at the moment, so it could be years before there is a finished
film (or any movement forward at all, really).
The idea of a
Michael Jackson biopic raises two immediate questions. The first is: Who
will play Michael? And secondly: What stages of Jackson’s life will get
Let’s tackle the last question first. Michael was
famous by age six, which means that he lived most of his life in the
public eye and thus doesn’t have a whole lot of stories that were left
untold. The Jackson 5 era was covered pretty well by the award-winning
1992 mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream, so a new film would feel like a bit of a rehash.
likely, the most fascinating material would come from the stuff that is
least likely to depicted on screen (his later scandals and money
troubles). If they really just want to focus on his career peak, a film
about the construction of Thriller would probably be the most
entertaining, as it would be the story of Jackson’s ability to distill a
diverse number of ’70s sounds into a whole new form that defined the
(The alternate-universe version of that film would encircle HIStory,
which would tell the tale of a massive superstar stumbling for the
first time after a decade-plus run at the pinnacle of pop music.)
Sean O’Connell of CienmaBlend
also wondered “if a filmmaker would tackle a straight-up biopic or
attempt a roundabout approach to the artist’s life, as Todd Haynes did
for Bob Dylan with I’m Not There.” O’Connell noted that this approach “could be an extremely creative way of capturing a vastly accomplished existence.”
for the actor who should play Jackson, it seems like the only
reasonable choice would be to find a newcomer to slip into MJ’s
bedazzled gloves. The role is going to carry so much weight that it will
be tough for any established actor to come to it baggage-free. Plus,
that actor can’t fake it. So you have to have somebody who is willing to
shoulder the burden of the character while also being able to sing and
dance in a convincing way. Outside of the many impersonators out there,
the only person who could possibly pull that off right now is Donald
Glover. (I just . . . I hope that is a really bad joke?)
But it’s never too early to speculate! British betting house Paddy Power
recently announced that they’re putting odds on Johnny Depp to star in
Jackson bio-pic. The bookmaker has him at 4 to 1 to play the singer,
despite the fact that Depp is white and Jackson was African American.
actors earning decent odds include Zac Efron (9 to 2), Usher (6 to 1)
and Jaden Smith (6 to 1) who one assumes would play Jackson in his early
Source – EW.com
Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/64509712.html#ixzz1eFrM4POaNovember 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm #438417
Jaden Smith would probably be a good choice (especially with The Karate Kid’s success).November 23, 2011 at 11:23 am #438418
What about Evan Ross?
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