OMG, Lifetime's Michael Jackson Biopic Might Actually Be Good?

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History tells us that when actors try and impersonate iconic pop stars for the purpose of television-based entertainment, the results are almost always cringe-worthy to the point of unwatchable. The more distinctive the real-life star, the worse it is when someone makes a TV movie of their life.

So, prepare to experience slack-jawed wonderment at the first trailer for Lifetime's upcoming MJ biopic, Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland, because this thing might actually be kinda-sorta okay! (Bonus points to Lifetime for casting Tyreese from The Walking Dead in it. We've missed you, Chad Coleman...)

Let's quietly get our hopes up and avoid thinking about the inevitable disaster that will occur every time MJ impersonator, Navi, has to do a dance routine:

In defense of this general sense of optimism, it should be noted that the whole super-offensive Joseph Fiennes disaster last year has left us with particularly low expectations for anything King of Pop-based. Maybe Searching For Neverland looks cool just because Lifetime's previous music biopics have set such a low bar. The following didn't exactly set movie critics alight with praise:

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Britney Ever After (2017)

The Guardian said: "Watching Britney Ever After may be a strange experience, but as the woman herself says in one of her soliloquies: 'It’s really hard to know what to feel, but you’ve just gotta keep going.'"

Ring of Fire (2013. That's right -- this Johnny and June Carter Cash biopic came eight years after the near-perfect Walk the Line. Why bother?)

"...so incomprehensible that it's, well, creepy," the New York Post gushed!

Whitney (2015)

"Ultimately comes across a bit flat," the LA Times declared!

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014)

"A soulless, aimless look at the life of the singer," raved Deadline!

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Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland  premieres May 29, 2017. Clear your calendars and buy some popcorn.

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