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Colman Domingo Set To Portray Two Iconic Figures In Upcoming Biopics

The Best Actor Oscar nominee will play the roles of Michael Jackson's father and Nat King Cole.

If you haven’t heard of or seen actor Colman Domingo, chances are you will see a lot of him in the near future.

According to Variety, he is about to portray not one but two legendary men in two upcoming biopics. We’re about to see Domingo as the patriarch of the Jackson family, Joe Jackson, in Michael, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The movie will focus on the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson.

“I’m excited to be a part of a film that explores both the complicated soul of the legendary Michael Jackson as well as his impact on music and culture as a global icon,” said Domingo. “Not only am I fortunate to have a rich, complex, and flawed character to portray in Joe Jackson, but I also have a front-row seat for Jaafar’s incredible transformation.”

Domingo was referring to Michael’s nephew Jaafar Jackson (son of Jermaine Jackson), who will be portraying the musical icon in the film.

The actor also has a role we hope will be “Unforgettable”: portraying Nat King Cole in a project in which he will also be making his directorial debut. He revealed the tidbit while appearing on the media outlet’s “Variety Awards Circuit Podcast.”

“I’ve been working on it quietly for a few years. It’s something I’m looking forward to putting together with some great partners,” he said.

Domingo previously co-wrote the play “Lights Out: Nat ‘King’ Cole” with Patricia McGregor and also tackled the role of the music icon at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse.

These news items come after it was revealed that the actor was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for portraying yet another important figure in civil rights: Bayard Rustin, in the Netflix movie Rustin. Domingo has also received Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice, and SAG nominations for his work. He recently played “Mister” in the movie musical The Color Purple.

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