Laura Harrier Joins ‘Michael’ Biopic as Suzanne de Passe: A Musical Force

The highly-anticipated Michael Jackson biopic, Michael, helmed by director Antoine Fuqua, has secured Laura Harrier for a pivotal role. Known for her standout performances in BlacKkKlansman and Spider-Man: Homecoming, Harrier is set to portray Suzanne de Passe, a trailblazing figure in the music industry, in this Lionsgate production.

Suzanne de Passe, a creative assistant to Motown founder Berry Gordy, played a pivotal role in shaping the iconic Jackson 5’s destiny. Credited with persuading Gordy to sign the Jackson siblings to his label, she not only crafted the early image of the globally renowned family group but also played a vital role in bringing them and other Motown sensations to live television.

De Passe’s influence extended beyond the stage; she mentored Michael Jackson from his childhood, guiding him through the intricacies of the music business.

Laura Harrier, a Screen Actors Guild award nominee for her role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, has consistently delivered compelling performances. Her addition to the Michael biopic further enhances the film’s star-studded cast.

Laura Harrier

The film, currently in production, features Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, making his screen debut in the role of his iconic uncle. Additionally, 9-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi will portray Michael Jackson during his early days with the Jackson 5.

The biopic, produced by Graham King of GK Films (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and scripted by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan, promises to delve into the life of the King of Pop.

Michael boasts an ensemble cast with Colman Domingo and Nia Long as family heads Joe and Katherine Jackson, Miles Teller as Jackson’s attorney and advisor John Branca, and a roster of actors portraying Jackson’s siblings across different time periods.

Lionsgate has slated the release of Michael for April 18, 2025, promising an immersive exploration of Michael Jackson’s life, enriched by the addition of Laura Harrier as Suzanne de Passe. As the biopic unfolds, audiences can anticipate a vivid portrayal of the intricate relationships and influences that shaped the King of Pop’s musical journey.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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