In a strange but inspired bit of casting, American Horror Story star Joseph Fiennes will be playing the late pop star Michael Jackson in a comedy set after the 9/11 attacks for the U.K.’s Sky Arts channel.
According to The Guardian, the film — titled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon — will follow Jackson’s attempt to get home after the tragic September 2011 attacks. The film will be based on a Vanity Fair article that details a road trip Jackson took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando (whom Jackson invited to be his guests at a concert at Madison Square Garden), with three of the world’s most recognizable stars fleeing the terror attacks in NYC in a rental car, making it as far as Ohio.
According to Sky Arts, Fiennes will co-star alongside Brian Cox (as Brando) and Stockard Channing (as Taylor) in what the network describeds as a “light-hearted
“Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon is a Sky Arts comedy which takes a light hearted look at a reportedly true event; Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson,”; says a Sky Arts spokesperson. “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.”;
Fiennes opened up about the concept of the film with ET Canada when we caught up with him at the junket for another film, “Risen”;. Watch below.
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Fans of the actor might be intrigued to see how he pulls off the iconic performer, but one person who’s not impressed? TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and the guardian of his three children.
“It’s offensive to me and my family for my Uncle Michael to be portrayed in a comedy taking place around 9/11,”; Jackson says in a statement released to Entertainment Tonight.
“Like everyone else, he was distraught, saddened and trying to process what had just happened. Following the events of 9/11, my uncle, Michael, stayed with a family friend in New Jersey for a week before flying back. The rest of our family, immediately took busses back to Los Angeles as planes were grounded. There was no road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. I have no comment on the casting of the project.”