Director Antoine Fuqua praised Long, mentioning how excited he was to work with her on the film.
Fuqua said, “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.”
The film stars Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, to portray the historic music icon. While 9-year-old actor Juliano Krue is playing a young version of Michael. Oscar nominee Colman Domingo also features as Joe Jackson, Michael’s father.
“Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”
Though the film promises to tackle all aspects of Jackson’s life, it’s unclear if it will address accusations that he sexually abused children, which resurfaced in the 2019 HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.