Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in 9/11 drama comedy

By: | Published: January 28, 2016 2:25 AM

Actor Joseph Fiennes has been roped in to play the role of Michael Jackson in new British TV movie "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon".

Actor Joseph Fiennes has been roped in to play the role of Michael Jackson in new British TV movie “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon”.

The drama comedy is based on a 2011 story published in Vanity Fair about Michael, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando escaping from New York following the terrorist attack, reported People magazine.

The special would also star Stockard Channing as Elizabeth and Brian Cox as Marlon.

“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.

“So the three of them got in a car and drove 500 miles to Los Angeles. It took them a while because they had to stop at a lot of Burger Kings for Marlon; but they got out,” Fiennes, 45, said.

The “Shakespeare in Love” actor said the project gives an insight into the life of these celebrities.

“It’s a lovely thing about Michael’s relationship with Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando.

It’s a fun, light-hearted tongue in cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well.”

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