British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as the late Michael Jackson in an upcoming TV movie chronicling the King of Pop's alleged road trip following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in NYC.
According to the Guardian, the film is based on a 2011 Vanity Fair article which revealed Michael — who passed away at age 50 in June 2009 — reportedly fled the Big Apple by car with friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in an attempt to return to California after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Michael and Elizabeth in September 2001. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"They actually got as far as Ohio — all three of them, in a car they drove themselves," one of Michael's former employees told Vanity Fair at the time.
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“It’s a fun, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships," Joseph, 45, told the Guardian of portraying Michael in the new project. The flick also stars The West Wing actress Stockard Channing as Elizabeth and Brian Cox as Marlon.
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