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Paris Jackson is stepping into the spotlight. Michael Jackson's 13-year-old daughter told Good Morning America in February that she was interested in being an actress. Now she's about to start shooting her first movie: the fantasy film Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.
Based on an independently published children's book, Lundon's Bridge will be a combination of animation and live action. The oddball cast also features Larry King (yes, that Larry King) as an animated character called King Pom and Joey Fatone as a cartoon seahorse named Paco. As for Paris, she'll be playing the live-action title character Lundon O'Malley -- who, according to People, is "a girl who survives being brainwashed by a jellyfish queen in the ocean."
Producer Stephen Sobisky says that Jackson took the role because "she wants to take on her dad's legacy and do something good for the world."
"She's a sweet, smart girl," says Sobisky. "Our goal is to make sure she has a fun time doing something that keeps her busy. We're a family-driven group. For me, Paris is going to be like one of my children and I'm going to protect her just like I do my other three kids."
In the interest of protecting Paris, filming locations are being kept secret. And in keeping with her desire to do good, half the profits from the film and book (which features a painting of Paris on the cover) will be donated to schools.
Speaking to Good Morning America's Robin Roberts earlier this year, both Paris and her older brother Prince Michael, 15, said they were interested in going into the entertainment business. Prince said he was learning about film production, while Paris expressed her interest in acting.
"I'm thinking about auditioning for a (school) play next week," Paris said.
It's nice to see Michael Jackson's kids pursuing their own interests in show business without being forced into it, as Michael was at a young age. But we hope that this first film is a positive experience for Paris -- especially since, according to producer Sobisky, she's already committed to four sequels.