Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in 9/11 One-Off for Sky Arts

Joseph Fiennes
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“I guess it had that cable edge that the networks can’t do because they have to be slaves to a certain demographic and audience. They are paid by the Tide commercial or the Coca-Cola commercial. The episodes, to be harsh, are the fluff in between.”

The white English actor will play the King of Pop in the British comedy about a road trip Jackson reportedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.

Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play Michael Jackson in a new British made-for-TV movie, chronicling a fabled road trip that the King of Pop took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

The one-off Sky Arts comedy will also star Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando, according to The Guardian

The unbelievable story of the three entertainment icons hitting the open road was based on a disputed report that was published by Vanity Fair in 2011, wherein they all rented a car and fled New York westward following the attacks. Unable to fly, they were hoping to make it home to California and made it as far as Ohio before catching a plane the rest of the way.

Fiennes is a white British actor best known for his role in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, as well as more recent roles in Hercules and American Horror Story. He is the younger brother of Harry Potter actor Ralph Fiennes

"Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon is a Sky Arts comedy, which takes a light-hearted look at a reportedly true event," Sky said in a statement. "Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson. It is part of a series of comedies about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history. Sky Arts gives producers the creative freedom to cast roles as they wish, within the diversity framework which we have set."

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Jan. 27, 11:15 a.m. Updated with details from Sky and the fact that the one-off is a comedy.