The Michael Jackson biopic has finally found the King of Pop as a young man, that is, the right actor to play the legendary “Jacko” during the period in which he sang together with his brothers in the band Jackson 5.
The young performer who will step into the shoes of an early Michael Jackson is called Juliano Krue Valdi and is nine years old.
The Antoine Fuqua-directed film – produced by Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International – will see Valdi play Jackson “as he and his brothers rise to prominence as the Jackson 5, the singing sensation band behind iconic hits like I Want You Back, ABC And I’ll Be There”.
The news of the casting of the young Valdi was given by the American media on Thursday 18 January.
“This opportunity is really important to me because Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and he is very special in my heart,” Valdi said in an official statement. “I have been dancing to his songs for five years. He makes me feel really special and makes me feel good about myself. I love Michael Jackson’s energy”, these are the words of the very young actor who will take on the important role of one of the most eternal sacred monsters of the seven well-known international artists.
The biopic Michael will be produced by Graham King and the institution’s co-executors Michael Jackson, John Branca and John McClain. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, while Universal Pictures International will handle all countries (except Japan, which will also be supervised by Lionsgate).
At the bottom of this article you can see with your own eyes the level of both talent and total immersion of Juliano Krue Valdi in the world of Michael Jackson, enjoying a video published on his Instagram account in which he imitates the moves of what is undoubtedly the his idol.
Juliano Krue Valdi is famous on social media for his Jackson-inspired dance moves
Actor, dancer and singer Juliano Krue Valdi has nearly 150,000 followers on Instagram, where he is famous for his dance moves and openly Jackson-inspired costumes.
Michael Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson will play his uncle in the biopic, which will be titled Michael. This film will be Jaafar Jackson’s first major role.
Principal photography will begin next week and the film will be released worldwide on April 18, 2025.
A film that will be “a compelling and sincere representation”
According to an official press release, the biopic Michael will bring audiences a compelling and heartfelt portrayal of the brilliant but complicated man who is known around the world as the King of Pop.
As the American magazine points out Varietythe film presents the triumphs and tragedies of the musician and the man Jackson on an epic, cinematic scale.
It will trace his human side, address his personal struggles and clearly analyze his undeniable creative genius, captured in his most iconic performances. “Like never before, audiences will get an inside look at one of the most influential and pioneering artists the world has ever known,” reads the official release from the film’s production team.
A child with “the spirit and talent of an adult”
Regarding the resemblance between Michael Jackson and the young performer who will step into his shoes as a child, producer Graham King noted the following aspect: “When Michael was very young, at 11 years old, he amazed the world, possessing the spirit and talent of an adult. He was truly an old soul. He and Juliano have that in common.”
Not only is Juliano Krue Valdi a precocious genius, but the fact that he is deeply inspired by Jackson and his music certainly swayed his casting in the film.
“In addition to being a phenomenal young talent, Juliano is deeply inspired by Michael and his music, and has managed to translate that inspiration into a presence and performance that captures the true magic of young Michael Jackson,” explains producer Graham King.
Variety says Valdi is represented by Tanesia Tramell at 117 Artists Management and Paradigm.
Below you can watch Juliano Krue Valdi who totally immerses himself in the world of Michael Jackson in a video published on his Instagram account in which he imitates the moves of what is undoubtedly his idol.