Michael Jackson died eight years ago, but his legacy and music live on. That’s why Lifetime has made such a big deal about its newest film, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland. The movie debuts on a special night, Monday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET and centers on the last two years of the King of Pop’s life. Read on to meet the cast.
Searching for Neverland is based on the 2014 book Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby. Whitfield and Beard were Jackson’s bodyguards, protecting him and his three children from the constantly hounding paparazzi in the months between Jackson’s acquittal on child molestation charges and his death in 2009. The film was directed by Dianne Houston and written by Elizabeth Hunter.
The role of Michael Jackson went to Navi, who bills himself as the world’s top MJ impersonator. According to his website, he’s been performing as Jackson for nearly 30 years and met Jackson himself on several occasions. He performed at Jackson birthday parties and even visited Neverland Ranch in 2003. Navi claims that he was even chosen to be Jackson’s body double for the ill-fated This Is It shows. You can follow Navi on Instagram. Click through to meet the rest of Searching for Neverland‘s cast. (Getty)
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