Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in British TV Comedy

Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images
Joseph Fiennes in October 2015

Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play Michael Jackson in a new British TV comedy, chronicling a fabled road trip that the King of Pop took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. 

The one-off Sky Arts special will also star Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando, according to the Guardian

Are More Michael Jackson Movies on the Way?

The unbelievable story of the three entertainment icons hitting the open road was based on a disputed report that was published by Vanity Fair in 2011, wherein they all rented a car and fled New York westward following the attacks. Unable to fly, they were hoping to make it home to California and made it as far as Ohio before catching a plane the rest of the way. 

Fiennes is a white British actor best known for his role in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, as well as more recent roles in Hercules and American Horror Story.

UPDATE: The original article referred to the project as a TV movie when it is in fact a one-off, half-hour comedy.