So here's a story you've probably never heard before: in 2011, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson took a road trip together, traveling from New York to L.A. after their flights were delayed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
It's one of those Hollywood stories that sound way too strange to be true, but apparently it really did happen, and British entertainment company Sky Arts is making a TV movie about it. "Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon" is set to be released later this year, and will star Stockard Channing as Taylor, Brian Cox as Brando, and Joseph Fiennes as the eccentric king of pop.
You'll probably recognize Fiennes from his role as William Shakespeare in "Shakespeare in Love," but despite having such a well-liked rom-com on his resume, people aren't exactly applauding his involvement with the film. Michael Jackson may have suffered from vitiligo that caused his skin to drastically lighten, but he's still one of the most iconic black entertainers in history, and the news that a white man was cast in the role has been met with a fair amount of disbelief on social media.
Fiennes has yet to address the controversy caused by his casting. Considering the backlash the entertainment industry is facing for the continued the lack of diversity in film, casting a white actor to play a black icon really isn't a good look.