Last week, the excitement surrounding the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic soared as it was announced that actor Colman Domingo had been cast as Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the iconic Jackson family. Now, Nia Long has been added to the star-studded cast.

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Actress Nia Long has officially joined the ensemble, stepping into the role of Katherine Jackson, the beloved matriarch of the Jackson family. The announcement, reported by Deadline, marks a pivotal moment in the production of Michael, directed by Antoine Fuqua and set to hit theaters globally on April 18, 2025.

Producer Graham King expressed his admiration for Nia Long’s talent and profound connection to the material, emphasizing her dedication to honor Katherine Jackson and her profound love for her son, Michael. “Beyond Nia’s incredible talent, I was deeply moved by her connection to the material and her commitment to honoring Katherine and the love she had for her son,” King stated, highlighting Long’s emotional depth to her portrayal of the Jackson family matriarch.


Director Antoine Fuqua echoed King’s sentiments, praising Long’s ability to deliver iconic performances that resonate with audiences long after the credits roll. Fuqua expressed his excitement to collaborate with Long, emphasizing the significance of her portrayal of Katherine Jackson, a woman who served as the glue, rock, and heart of the Jackson family during their brightest moments and most challenging times.

“Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times,” Fuqua remarked, underscoring the importance of Long’s contribution to bringing Katherine Jackson’s story to life on the big screen.

As the production of Michael continues to unfold, the casting of Nia Long as Katherine Jackson adds another layer of depth and authenticity to the highly anticipated biopic.

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