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Remember Joseph Fiennes from “Shakespeare in Love?” That guy. Well, in a bizarre turn of events that has left social media in a state of utter confusion, he has been cast to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming movie project.
No one knows exactly what the movie is about, but apparently it may tell the story of a celebrity road trip that takes places in the wake of 9/11, and apparently Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlo Brando are the main characters.
It’s supposedly based ona story told by one of Jackson’s former employees about Jackson, Taylor and Brando renting a car in New York in an effort to make it back to California, but only making it as far as Ohio.
Whatever the plot is, why is a white guy playing Jackson? Why did Fiennes accept the role anyway? Many people on Twitter were asking the same questions.
Oddly enough, it won’t be the first time I’ll see Joseph Fiennes portray a man of color. I saw him 20 years ago as Jesus in a London play.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 26, 2016
When Joseph Fiennes’ agent came to him and said “I want you to audition for the role of MJ” how did Joseph not hang up on him???
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) January 27, 2016
Joseph Fiennes can play Michael Jackson. (A real person). But Idris can’t play James Bond (a fake spy for a fake agency)? Cool, cool, cool.
— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) January 27, 2016