ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga reports:
Paris, 13, will star in an upcoming live action-animated film called “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys,” based on the young adult fantasy book series by Dennis H. Christen.
The movie’s official website says Paris will play heroine Lundon O’Malley in the story where “sea magic turns a dolphin into a human, a teenage boy into a dragonfly and a loving jellyfish queen into an evil fairy godmother.”
Paris’s castmates in the movie, for which a release date has not been set, will include Larry King and his wife, Shawn King, and Joey Fatone of the pop band N’Sync.
“I Wanna Leave My Footprints On The Sands Of Time. When I Leave This World I’ll Leave No Regrets. I’ll Leave Something For Them Not To Forget,” Paris tweeted yesterday, after news of her acting debut was confirmed.
Paris’s movie debut marks the latest step in her public transformation since the June 2009 death of her father at the age of 50.
The world got their first real glimpse of Paris when she spoke as an 11-year-old at a memorial service for her father one month after his death, tearfully telling the crowd, “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine … I just wanted to say I love him so much.”
In the two years since, Paris has taken on a more public role, from accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her father at last year’s Grammy awards to honoring him at the “Michael Forever” tribute concert in England in October.
The 13-year-old, along with siblings Prince and Blanket, has also maintained a more average life under the watchful eye of grandmother, Katherine, posting pictures of herself on Twitter, attending concerts and joining her school’s flag football team.
Even two years after Jackson’s death, Paris and the family continue to attract attention and money, a draw that stands to greatly enhance the success of her “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys” debut.
“This kid can sell hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of dollars worth of tickets on her name alone,” public relations expert Howard Bragman told ABC News. “That’s pretty amazing.”
The film’s producers have pledged that half of the profits from the ultimate finished product will be donated to U.S. schools facing low budgets and program cuts.