You won’t believe who’s playing Michael Jackson in this upcoming movie 57



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News about a Michael Jackson telemovie would normally be really exciting for fans. But first, there’s the weird plot-line – the movie is about a supposedly true story in which Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando went on a road trip together following the New York 9/11 attacks.

Apparently they got as far as Ohio…

While the curious story, which is based on a Vanity Fair article, will raise eyebrows, it’s the casting that has everyone talking.

In Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, Michael Jackson will be played by… Joseph Fiennes. Yes, that’s the white, English actor from Shakespeare in Love.


The announcement has sparked controversy immediately, reports CBS news.

Activist DeRay Mckesson wrote, “They seriously couldn’t find a black actor to play Michael Jackson?”

The timing couldn’t be worse, with the Oscars under fire for not representing enough African American actors, and many prominent people boycotting for its lack of diversity.

Sky, however, has defended its decision, reports Rolling Stone: “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon is a Sky Arts comedy which takes a lighthearted look at a reportedly true event,” a Sky spokesperson tells Rolling Stone, clarifying that the project is neither a drama nor a movie.

“Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson. 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, says he is as shocked as everyone else that he was chosen to play the King of Pop:

He told ET: “[Jackson] definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue – and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my colour than his original colour …

It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing.”


Are you a fan of Michael Jackson? Do you think this is a poor casting choice?

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  1. Well Jackson did become a weirdo and try and become white and Caucasian looking so it seems apt for a Caucasian to get the role😀

  2. Its easier to alter the colour of a whitey than a darkey. As the King of Pop did change his hue over the years it makes sense.

  3. Ha ha ha thats a funny one. As for the Oscars I thought that they had to earn nominations not just be handed to them because of skin colour.

  4. dont think i will bother,liked some of his music but i dont think i want to see a white guy trying to play a black guy who wanted to be white. dont ztart me about the young boys creep

  5. ignore everything about him except his music, first black man to crack the white charts and get to number 1.

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