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Michael Jackson's nephew to essay ''King of Pop'' in upcoming biopic

08:32 PM | 31 Jan, 2023
Michael Jackson's nephew to essay ''King of Pop'' in upcoming biopic

Speculation around who would protray late American pop singer Michael Jackson in his biopic have been making headlines intriguing many people for quite some time, and now the producers have found the answer.

According to the Lionsgate studio, the 26-year-old nephew of the Smooth Criminal crooner — Jaafar Jackson — will essay the protagonist.

Jaafar is the son of Michael's older brother, Jermaine Jackson, who is also a singer and producer by profession.

“Jaafar embodies my son," said the mother of 'the King of Pop', Katherine Jackson. 

"It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers," she added.

"Michael will explore the complicated man who became the King of Pop,” Lionsgate said in a statement.

"The film will include 'all aspects' of his life and his most noteworthy performances that set him on the path to becoming an icon in the musical world."

Produced by Graham King, the Antoine Fuqua directorial will start its production this year. Both the director and producer said that Jaafar had the god-gifted ability to essay his beloved uncle.

“It was clear that he is the only person to take on this role,” King stated in a news release, adding how he "cannot wait for the world to see him on the big screen as Michael Jackson.”

Despite the biopic kicking off, Lionsgate has yet to directly address one of the most controversial aspects of the Billie Jean singer's story — his trial on child sex abuse charges in 2005, and additional allegations against the singer featured in the 2019 documentary, Leaving Neverland.

In 2005, Jackson was acquitted by a California jury in the sex abuse case involving a 13-year-old boy. Fast forward to 2019, the Dan Reed directorial documentary followed the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck who claimed they were befriended by Jackson and were abused by the late star from ages 7 and 10, respectively, in the early 1990s.

In 2020, a California appeals court ruled that the two men could continue their claims through a lawsuit, though, the lawsuit ended with the Jackson family denying the allegations, ultimately winning the appeal that year.

With multiple accolades and a huge impact left on Hollywood, Jackson had an untimely death in 2009 at the age of 50. His smash hit albums include the 1982 Thriller which featured the title song as well as Billie Jean and others.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 25, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moved up to 301.75 and selling rate is 303.85.

British Pound rate is 356 for buying, and 360.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.65 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.90.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279 280.75
Euro EUR 301.75 303.85
UK Pound Sterling GBP 356 360.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.65 77.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.90 74.63
Australian Dollar AUD 184.95 186.75
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.65 205.65
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.4 204.4
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.55 7.7

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