Paris' First Role Eyed With Suspicion

The 13-year-old daughter of "Thriller" icon Michael Jackson has been cast in her first feature film role. But some members of the Jackson camp are concerned that the teen is being exploited.

Paris is ready for her close-up.

No -- not that Paris.

We're talking about Paris Jackson.

The 13-year-old daughter of late pop king Michael Jackson has been cast in her first feature film role.

But not everyone is ecstatic over the news.

Paris will play Lundon O'Malley in the upcoming fantasy film Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.

The budding socialite is set to join Larry King, his wife Shawn Southwick King, Love Boat alum Ted Lange and former 'N Sync-er Joey Fatone in the film adaptation of a little-known, privately-published book by author Dennis H. Christen.

The plot focuses on the love between a family and the strength that brings them together. Mythical creatures are featured prominently throughout the storyline: There's an ancient sea wizard that shifts people between species, a dolphin who becomes a human, a jellyfish that turns into an evil fairy godmother and a teenage boy who morphs into a dragonfly.

Lundon's Bridge was featured in a segment on CNN's Larry King Live in 2009.

Paris is featured on the book's cover.

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Jackson will most likely be only 15 years old when the film is released, something that was initially against the wishes of her famous family. The Jackson Clan wanted the aspiring actress to wait until she was 18 to make the foray into acting.

A crafty Paris, however, managed to persuade her grandmother, 81-year-old Katherine Jackson.

With a little help from Hollywood producer Stephen Sobisky, of course.

Ah -- which brings us to the source of contention in this story. Those in-the-know believe the teen is being "exploited" by Sobisky, whose name often prompts head-scratching and shrugged shoulders around Tinseltown.

He has yet to produce a single film.

"She does not need to be involved with a guy who clearly is using her attachment to his project to raise the money… This is pure exploitation of Michael Jackson's only daughter," a source very close to the family tells The Chicago Sun-Times.

The project is currently in production. A release date has not yet been set.

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Comments on "Is Paris Jackson being exploited by a shady producer?"

Cookie January 11, 2012 | 8:34 PM

Katherine is neither docile nor taken advantage of. She picked up the pen and signed the contract herself. She's not 13 years old. She's been in the showbiz world for 50 years. She knows full well what's in it for her.

Juney December 13, 2011 | 6:49 PM

I am beginning to think nearly the entire Jackson family is too docile, particularly when it comes to Michael's kids. For heaven's sake, someone had to have signed a contract for her to appear in this film; she can't contract for herself at 13. This project was in the works a couple years ago but apparently fizzled; now with Paris' picture on the book cover, I'm sure they are hoping for substantial sales to actually fund the film. Will it actually be made? Who knows.

jazzy December 13, 2011 | 6:32 PM

Who cares? People are being kicked out of their homes because they cannot pay their mortgage and all people care about is some spoiled, rich girl who wants to be famous. She is not his real daughter anyway, of she did not have his last name, no one would give her a second look. Give me a break.

Sky Song December 12, 2011 | 10:01 PM

Well, this is certainly a depressing article. If you read LaToya Jackson's book, you see that in this family there has been a problem with people being too docile and being taken advantage of by very shady operators including organized crime figures. I have no idea whether that is the case here, but there should clearly be more regulation of what goes on in the entertainment industry to make sure that unsophisticated, vulnerable artists don't end up in the kinds of situations that LaToya got into.

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