Joseph Fiennes to Portray Michael Jackson in 9/11 Drama Comedy

'It's a challenge. It's a comedy. It doesn't poke mean fun but it's a story,' says the 45-year-old actor of starring in the movie based on Michael's road-trip after 9/11 tragedy.

AceShowbiz - %cJoseph Fiennes% is going to play late musician %cMichael Jackson% in new British TV movie "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon", according to WENN. The drama comedy for Sky Arts is based on a 2011 story published in Vanity Fair about Michael, %cElizabeth Taylor% and %cMarlon Brando% escaping from New York following the terrorist attack.

The news outlet revealed that the one-off special would also star %cStockard Channing% as Elizabeth and %cBrian Cox% as Marlon. Joseph said of starring in the movie, "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," the "Shakespeare in Love" actor explained the story.

"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," Joseph continued. The Guardian has reported that the drama comedy will be written by Neil Forsyth.

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