Rami Malek is a favourite to land a Golden Globe tonight and an Oscar next month for his highly acclaimed portrayal of the Queen frontman in hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody. It is already the highest-earning music biopic, taking more than £565million worldwide so far, as well as triggering other big-budget films about icons including John Lennon. Now Jackson’s family wants Rami to play their Moonwalking relative in a new film about the King of Pop.
A synopsis has been penned by two top screenwriters, reportedly with the approval of Jackson’s estate and is being offered to the highest bidder among Hollywood’s major studios.
A source close to Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson, 88, said: “She has long dreamed of a movie that really captures her most famous son and was completely enthralled by Rami.
“Her sons Tito and Jermaine managed to get an early copy of Bohemian Rhapsody before it hit the big screen and they played it for Katherine. She didn’t care too much for the story of Freddie Mercury’s life but she was completely charmed by Rami, who she feels has that same childlike quality Michael possessed.”
Tito and Jermaine’s brothers – and former Jackson 5 members – Marlon and Jackie agree that Malek, 37, who is the son of Egyptian immigrants, could handle playing Michael.
The King of Pop’s singing sisters Janet, La Toya and Rebbie are also on board, as are his children Michael Jr, 21, Paris, 20 and 16-year-old Prince Michael Jackson II.
Nicole Kidman, 51, is up for best actress in a drama film for her role in the crime thriller Destroyer.