Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp and Oscar-winning star Jamie Fox are reportedly being courted to play pop legend Michael Jackson in a new biopic based on the life of the late icon.
The “Thriller” singer died of a suspected cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home last week. He was 50.
Foxx is being considered to play the pop icon before his skin turned white, while Johnny would take on the role thereafter.
“There are a number of offers being drawn up with a variety of angles to tell Michael’s incredible life story. Some involve using archive footage of Michael and his family and footage from his live shows…A couple would even have an actor cast to play Michael. Jamie Foxx has been mentioned, as has Johnny Depp. It all depends on how his family decide to honor him,” say an insider at one top Hollywood studio.
Jamie showed off his best moonwalk and choreography from Michael’s 1983 music video “Beat It” during the 2009 BET Awards last Sunday. For his part, Johnny has denied that he has been approached about the project.
“No no no, I never ever thought of playing Michael Jackson in a film. I think if anyone should play Michael Jackson in a film it should’ve been Michael Jackson.”