12/09/2011 at 05:25 PM EST
Paris Jackson is finally following her father into show business
The 13-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson
will star in the upcoming Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys
, a mixed live-action and animation movie, as a girl who survives being brainwashed by a jellyfish queen in the ocean.
Filming begins in January. Three Keys
is first in a series of five Lundon O'Malley movies to which she's committed, producer Stephen Sobisky tells PEOPLE.
"She wants to be an actress," says Sobisky. "She wants to take on her dad's legacy and do something good for the world and our product does that."
He says that half the profits from the movie and book versions of the story, featuring Paris on the cover, will be donated to schools.
Paris will appear as a live-action "human character" along with animated characters voiced by Larry King and wife Shawn, Joey Fatone and The Love Boat
's Ted Lange.
The release date is not set yet and the filming locations are being kept under wraps.
"She is 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 just like I do my other three kids. We want her to enjoy this experience."