British actor Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson in a movie and Twitter is not happy


Jan,28 2016 10:00:48 IST

Los Angeles: An upcoming drama has sparked controversy after casting British actor Joseph Fiennes as the late King of Pop Michael Jackson .

The special - being produced by Sky Arts - will focus on an alleged road trip where Jackson was joined by late actors Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.


Joseph Fiennes and Michael Jackson. Getty Images

Having been in the pipeline for several years, the drama will also feature Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando. However, it's the casting of Fiennes that has annoyed some people, reports

While Jackson was born African-American, his appearance changed drastically during his career.

The singer's changing face was down to him suffering from vitaligo, as well as his dependence on cosmetic surgery.

Still, many people have stormed social media to criticise those in charge for casting Fiennes in the role:

Fiennes has revealed that he considers the role a 'challenge'.

He said, "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."


Updated Date: Jan 28, 2016 12:37 PM