In All Things Of Entertainment News Of Nia Long

With the Boston Celtics drama behind her, popular actress Nia Long is set to play Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, in the upcoming Michael biopic.

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Long shared her insights on playing the Jackson matriarch, describing her as a woman who “carried the weight of the world on her shoulders,” per PEOPLE.

The 53-year-old actress, portraying the Jackson family matriarch in the film discussed the project with the publication during the American Black Film Festival on June 13.

“First of all, I love Antoine Fuqua,” Long said of the director. “He has taken this project to a magical and wonderful place.”

Long praised Jaafar Jackson, Michael’s nephew, who stars as the King of Pop, calling him “incredibly talented and beautiful.” She also expressed admiration for her co-star Colman Domingo, who plays Joe Jackson, stating he is “probably one of my favorite human beings on the planet.”

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Reflecting on her role, Long said,

“It was a huge responsibility to represent an iconic woman who has carried the weight of the world on her shoulders and is still with us gracefully. I hope I delivered because one never knows. I just put in the work and tried my best. It was an opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Best Man alum joined the cast earlier this year and described her admiration for Jackson as “an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family.”

“As a mother, she was selfless, enduring forces beyond her control while still helping to build an immeasurable legacy. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences worldwide,” Long said.

In his 1988 autobiography Moonwalk, the performer shared how his mother made each of her children feel special. He described how she paid close attention to their interests and encouraged their ambitions.

“Every child thinks their mother is the greatest, but we Jacksons never lost that feeling,” he wrote. “Katherine’s gentleness, warmth, and attention made it unimaginable to grow up without a mother’s love.”

He added, “The lessons she taught us were invaluable. Kindness, love, and consideration for others topped her list.”

The biopic is scheduled for release on April 18, 2025.

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