Joseph Fiennes has confirmed he’s the unlikely choice to play Michael Jackson in a new road trip comedy.
The Shakespeare in Love star will tackle the King of Pop in a new movie, about an imagined cross-country trip he took with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor from New York to Los Angeles following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Big Apple.
Myth has it that Jackson was so determined to get home following a tribute concert in New York, he hired a car to take him and his superstar friends back to California after all flights in and out of New York were grounded following the atrocities.
Fiennes tells WENN he has landed the Jackson role, opposite fellow Brit Brian Cox as Brando and Grease star Stockard Channing as Liz Taylor.
“I got the script the other day,” he explains. “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!
“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.