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.
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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