Jaafar Jackson will portray his uncle Michael Jackson in the upcoming biopic, "Michael."
Jaafar is the child of Michael's brother, Jermaine Jackson, and his ex-wife Alejandra Oaziaza.
Jaafar said he is "humbled and honored" to be a part of the film, which begins shooting this year.
Jaafar Jackson has been cast to play Michael Jackson in "Emancipation" director Antoine Fuqua's upcoming biopic, "Michael."
The 26-year-old is an aspiring actor, who has been singing and dancing since he was 12. "Michael" will mark his acting debut.
Jaafar is the son of Jermaine Jackson, who is the brother of Michael and was a member of The Jackson 5 lineup along with Jackie, Tito, and Marlon.
Jaafar's aunts include Maureen, La Toya, and Janet Jackson, the last of whom has gone on to have a highly distinguished solo career.
His mom is Alejandra Oaziaza and he was born in 1996. He has one younger brother, Jermajesty Jermaine Jackson, born in 2000, and five older half-siblings.
With his first wife Hazel Gordy, Jermaine had three children: Jermaine La Jaune "Jay" Jackson Jr., Autumn Joi Jackson, and Jaimy Jermaine Jackson. Jermaine then welcomed two sons with Margaret Maldonado: Jeremy Maldonado Jackson and Jourdynn Michael Jackson.
However, Jaafar also has some other half-siblings as his mom had children with his uncle, Randy Jackson, before she married Jermaine: Genevieve Jackson and Steven Randall Jackson Jr.
Jaafar was 13 years old when his uncle Michael died at the age of 50 from cardiac arrest caused by acute propofol intoxication.
According to a press release, "Michael" is set to chronicle the journey of the man who became the King of Pop, "including his most iconic performances that led him to become the greatest entertainer of all time."
Following the announcement of his casting, Jaafar wrote on Instagram: "I'm humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael's story to life. To all the fans all over the world, I'll see you soon."
He credited older brother Jourdynn, 34, for taking the photo he shared alongside his post. It's not known if Jourdynn is involved in the project.
Other members of the Jackson family were quick to congratulate Jaafar on the role. TJ Jackson, whose dad is Tito Jackson, wrote: "I'm so proud of you Jaafar. Words can't express," adding: "You are truly the only one who can do it right."
TJ — along with brothers Taj Jackson, and Taryll Jackson — was once part of the '90s band 3T. Their late uncle Michael mentored the trio and signed them to his label.
Jaafar's grandmother, Katherine Jackson, also gave her seal of approval. She said in a statement: "Jaafar embodies my son. It's so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers."
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