Yes, you read right. Joseph Fiennes, a British actor is set to play the character of the King of pop in a 9/11 road trip comedy.
The comedy which is titled Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon is set to depict an event that allegedly occurred during the 9/11 attacks. As the story goes, the trio were trapped in new York at the time the twin towers fell and all air travels to and from New York were blocked. There are different versions to how it pans out, but the storyline SkyArts seems to be using for the show is one that was told by a former employee of Michael. He stated that Michael took them to New jersey from where they took to the road. “They actually got as far as Ohio—all three of them, in a car they drove themselves!” he said.
Fans of the sensational singer are in shock over the casting, and this comes at a time when the #OscarsSoWhite campaign is still ongoing. A hashtag that was created on Twitter to protest the lack of black nominees in award categories at the Oscars awards.
A video clip showing MJ, as he was fondly called, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey seems to validate the fans’ reactions to having their black idol cast as a white man. In the video he says, “that is so stupid. That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy.” when Oprah asked him about a rumor at that time which stated that he wanted a white boy to play him in the early 90s Pepsi commercial.
“Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I’m a black American. I’m proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. That’s like you [Oprah] wanting an oriental person to play you as a child. Does that make sense? Please people stop believing these horrifying stories.”
More drama unfolds as the late pop star’s family dispute any claim of Michael Jackson being on a road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando during the September attacks. Joseph Fiennes told Entertainment Tonight “I’m a white, middle-class guy from London,” he said. “I’m as shocked as you may be” on playing the role of the pop legend. He also mentioned that it’s just a “light comedy” and it’s not “malicious”.