Joseph Fiennes has been cast as Michael Jackson in one of the most bizarre-sounding TV shows of all time. According to The Guardian, Fiennes will play the King of Pop in a one-off special for Sky Arts which dramatises a road trip he allegedly took alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, following 9/11.

Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes has been cast as Michael Jackson.

Details of the most unbelievable road trip of all time were first reported by Vanity Fair in 2011. According to the story, Jackson was playing two concerts at Madison Square Garden on September 7th and 10th and had invited two of his idols, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.

Following the 9/11 attacks, the three found themselves stranded in New York, fearing that America was under attack and they could be the next targets. Unable to fly out of the city, the three rented a car and attempted to drive back to California, making it as far as Ohio.

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During the trip Brando is said to have annoyed his traveling companions by insisting on stopping at nearly every KFC and Burger King they passed along the way. But according to one of Taylor’s assistants the story may be more fiction than fact, as they claim the actress stayed behind in New York, visiting Ground Zero and praying in a church.

Speaking about the script Fiennes said, “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.”

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“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,” the actor added.

The script has been written by Scottish author Neil Forsyth, best known for Delete This at Your Peril, which he penned as his alter-ego Bob Servant. It will also star Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. The comedy is the first project by ‘The Royle Family’ actor Ralf Little’s new production company.