http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/arts/television/white-actor-will-play-michael-jackson-in-british-comedy.html
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/arts/television/white-actor-will-play-michael-jackson-in-british-comedy.html

Actor Joseph Fiennes will play Michael Jackson in a new upcoming film. The movie is based off a true story and will be about Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, and Elizabeth Taylor on a road trip from New York to LA after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-jackson-joseph-fiennes_us_56a7fb9ce4b0947efb65cd8e
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-jackson-joseph-fiennes_us_56a7fb9ce4b0947efb65cd8e

With all of the heat the Oscars is getting about not being diverse enough, it will be interesting to see the backlash for a white actor playing Michael Jackson. This might go down in the books as the most interesting casting ever!

Fiennes who starred in Shakespeare in Love and American Horror Story seems excited about the new upcoming film. He explained “I got the script the other day,” He continued. “It’s a challenge. It’s a comedy. It doesn’t poke mean fun, but it’s a story, possibly urban legend, whereby Michael, Marlon Brando, and Liz Taylor were all together the day before 9/11 doing a concert. Airspace was shut down and they couldn’t get out and Michael had the bright idea to go to hire a car and drive.”

Joseph hasn’t addressed the obvious about the casting but he did discuss more about the movie stating “It’s a fun, lighthearted tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like,” he said. “But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well.”

The Jackson family has not commented on the upcoming film!

Written By: Adia Taylor

 

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