Joseph Fiennes will play Michael Jackson in the dream-like new TV movie Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon. The one-off show is part of Urban Myths, an upcoming anthology series which will air on Sky Arts in the U.K. from January 19.
The Jackson episode is based on a 2011 Vanity Fair article which alleged that the King of Pop took a road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Fiennes addressed the issue of him being cast as Jackson in a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it," he said at the time. "I was confused and shocked at what might come my way and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family. It doesn’t negate who he was.”