To the shock of many, actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as the late Michael Jackson in an upcoming British television movie. Fiennes, who is a well known white, actor, will play the King of Pop alongside Stockard Channing, who will play Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox, who will play Marlon Brando.
Fiennes, who is best known for his role in the film Shakespeare in Love, was also part of the cast of American Horror Story and the film Hercules. Jackson, of course, was one of the most popular music artists of the 20th century, and his number one hit single, "Thiller," has sold more than 30 million copies as of 2015. Jackson's star was tarnished; however, in his later life, as he was accused of child molestation and having mental issues. He died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 50.
The film, which will be called Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon, will reportedly be based on a story that was first reported in an article from Vanity Fair. In the article, a former Jackson employee claims that the singer invited Taylor and Brando to watch him perform in New York right before 9/11.
As the story goes, after the World Trade Center towers fell, the trio rented a car and tried to cross the country back to California, though they only made it to Ohio.
As preposterous as this story sounds, the ridiculousness of casting a white actor to play an African-American is making huge waves, especially after the recent accusations of black actors against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for blocking out black actors from the Oscars. Fans on both sides of the pond are calling foul with this casting decision, and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
What do you think PopWrappers? Was it a good decision to cast Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in this film?