Paris Jackson’s father may have been the King of Pop (we’re talking about the legendary Michael, he of Thriller and Bad superstardom), but the music icon’s 19-year-old daughter has chosen to make her own name in the entertainment industry as an actress. That process begins in earnest on Friday with her feature debut, Gringo, a wild crime saga from director Nash Edgerton that stars David Oyelowo as a corporate employee who finds himself in deep trouble after traveling to Mexico to oversee the manufacturing of his company’s new medical-marijuana pill, only to get kidnapped by a local drug cartel. Ahead of the film’s theatrical bow, we now have a first look at Jackson’s maiden big-screen turn.
In the scene above, Jackson’s Nelly — sporting dark lipstick, a collection of tattoos, and a nose ring — does her best to persuade Harry Treadaway’s character, Miles, to join her on a jaunt to Mexico for some sort of shady business. While Miles is more than a bit hesitant to embark on this journey, he’s ultimately swayed by the promise of a $20,000 payday, as well as by the fact that he can bring along Sunny, a music store employee played by Amanda Seyfried — all of which Nelly offers with an alluring smile that suggests there’s more to this deal than she’s revealing to Miles.
Even in this short scene, Jackson shows a confidence that bodes well for her future big-screen prospects. You can see her in action in the brief scene above, and catch Gringo (co-starring Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley) in multiplexes beginning Friday, March 9.
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