In today’s ummm, really? news, British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as the King of Pop in an upcoming TV movie about a road-trip Michael Jackson supposedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando just after 9/11.

Here’s how the Guardian breaks it down:

Details of the improbable trip emerged in 2011 when it was reported in Vanity Fair. The story goes that Jackson invited the pair to his concert at Madison Square Garden. Following the 9/11 attacks, when air travel to and from New York was cancelled, the trio rented a car and began their quest back to California. “They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves,” claimed a former employee of Jackson. Brando apparently insisted on stopping off at various fast food restaurants en route.

However, it may be a shaggy-dog story. One of Taylor’s assistants told Vanity Fair that the actor stayed behind in New York, visiting Ground Zero and praying in a church.

After being originally announced in December, Fiennes has now described the script as “a challenge”, adding: “It’s a fun, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships.”

The TV special will run on Sky Arts, and also stars Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.

Interestingly enough, the Guardian article doesn’t even mention the fact that Fiennes, a white man, was cast as Jackson, a Black man (yes, even with his vitiligo and cosmetic surgery).

Perhaps the choice to pick Fiennes furthers the comedic element of the film, or maybe, “it don’t matter if you’re black or white” if you’re playing the King of Pop.

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  • Dr.Rue

    Vitiligo or not, MJ had issues with his dark skin, wide nose and thicker textured hair. This is what he wanted to be perceived as. He “impregnated” a white woman with white sperm and tried to claim those White children as his.

    At the end of the day we all know MJ was a Black man. Every Jackson 5 movie must feature him as his beautiful Black self though…

  • Zorino

    This is a catch 22 really.

    Michael may be genetically African but he did change his physical appearance to look more European. I don’t see which Black actor can play an adult MJ.

    Sh!t even the average 3/4 white-Black person like Joachim Noah or Kris Humphries looks more Black than MJ…

  • Whitney’s Receipts

    The stupid comments of course. Number one, there’s no debate on the vitiligo. He did not “change his race.” There’s medical documentation that he suffered from vitiligo. The “self hate” was not rooted in being black but by the fact that he had deep seeded issues with his father and the fact that he was teased about his face as a teenager. There’s countless interviews and song lyrics (Liberian girl, TDRCAU, etc) of MJ showcasing his pride in being black. He donated money to black organizations and held functions for inner city kids. But You hear about him “hanging around white kids” from the media. This is what kills me about black folk sometimes. We complain about how black celebs don’t do or say enough but MJ was without question down for blackness but we slander him, why? Cuz the white media says so? Cuz he was eccentric? Take some advice from the king of pop and just beat it.