Juliano Krue Valdi Cast as Young Michael Jackson in Lionsgate’s Biopic ‘Michael'”

9-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi has been cast as young Michael Jackson in Lionsgate’s upcoming biopic, “Michael,” directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film is set for a global release on April 18, 2025.

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Juliano Krue Valdi, known for his Jackson-inspired dance moves on social media, expressed his excitement for the opportunity. “Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and he is very special in my heart. I’ve been dancing to his songs for five years now. He makes me feel really special and makes me feel good about myself. I love the energy of Michael Jackson.”

The biopic will focus on Jackson’s early years with the Jackson 5, featuring iconic hits like “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

Director Antoine Fuqua emphasized the difficulty in casting the young Michael, stating, “If anything, casting the role of the young Michael was more difficult than casting the adult role because where do you find a child actor with the chops of the greatest entertainer who ever lived? In the end, that was our focus – talent – and we looked far and wide for an actor who could embody Michael’s spirit through his voice, his charisma, and his dance skills. Juliano’s undeniable, raw talent put him at the top of our list.”

Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, will play the older Jackson in the film. Penned by 3-time Oscar nominee John Logan, “Michael” aims to portray the King of Pop’s life, triumphs, and tragedies. The film is a collaboration with the Michael Jackson estate.

Produced by Graham King, John Branca, and John McClain, Lionsgate handles domestic distribution, while Universal Pictures International manages international territories (excluding Japan).

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