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Michael Jackson Impersonator Lands King of Pop Role in Lifetime Biopic

14 January 2017 6:16 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

On the same day that a Michael Jackson-centric episode of Urban Myths was pulled from broadcast over its controversial casting, Lifetime revealed that the network is prepping their own biopic revolving around the King of Pop.

Tentatively titled Searching for Neverland, the Lifetime movie captures Jackson's final years through the perspective of two of his personal bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.

Navi, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest Michael Jackson impersonator," will make his acting debut portraying the late singer in the Lifetime biopic, and The Walking Dead vet Chad L. Coleman will portray Whitfield, »

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Lifetime Orders Michael Jackson Original Movie, Picks Up James Franco, Viola Davis Films – TCA

13 January 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Music biopics have done very well for Lifetime, which had cable's #1 and #2 original movies of 2016 in key demographics with Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart and Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le. For 2017, the network is taking on the King of Pop with Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (working title),  executive produced by Suzanne de Passe (The Jacksons: An American Dream), who has a long-standing relationship with the Jackson family, and staring Navi, a… »

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Michael Jackson Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment Based on Bodyguard's Account of His Final Days

13 January 2017 11:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Michael Jackson is getting the Lifetime movie treatment. Lifetime announced Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland (working title), a new flick based on the best-selling book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days. The movie is told through the eyes of Jacksons trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Navi, who Lifetime calls the world's No. 1 Michael Jackson tribute artist will star as the King of Pop. This is his acting debut. The Walking Dead's Chad L. Coleman will play Whitfield. Filming is expected to begin in Los Angeles in February. Suzanne de Passe, who also worked on The Jacksons: An American Dream, will executive produce with Madison Jones and Robert »

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