Wednesday 22 March 2017

WATCH - David Byrne, The Weeknd and Questlove appear in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary

Sasha Brady

Spike Lee speaks about his new Michael Jackson documentary
Spike Lee speaks about his new Michael Jackson documentary

The trailer for Spike Lee's new documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall, was aired for the first time on Wednesday night.

Lee's documenting the in-between years of Jackson's career, namely his rise from superstardom from the Jackson 5 to cementing his title as the King of Pop with the seminal Off The Wall album release.

David Byrne appears in the trailer for Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary
David Byrne appears in the trailer for Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary

The Weeknd, Talking Head's David Byrne, and Questlove from The Roots all appear in the trailer to talk about the album's impact on their lives, and the full documentary includes interviews with everyone from Pharrell and John Legend to LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and Misty Copeland.

"I've always used Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing," The Weeknd says in the preview. "I found my falsetto because of Off the Wall."

Byrne and Questlove both joke about being captivated by Don't Stop Til You Get Enough.

"I didn't even know that he was saying, 'Keep on with the force, don't stop,' I thought it was about forks," said Questlove.

Jackson's parents Katherine and Joe Jackson and brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson also appear in the documentary.

The trailer includes archival footage from concerts in 1979 and 1981.

Spike Lee is one of the men in film set to be honoured by Essence magazine
Spike Lee is one of the men in film set to be honoured by Essence magazine

This is Lee's second documentary on the pop icon. He also directed Bad 25 in 2012, a film that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Jackson's titular album.

While Jackson was still alive, Lee directed him in the video for 1996 single They Don't Care About Us.

The documentary will be screened at Sundance Film Festival on January 24 and will air on Showtime in the US on February 5.

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