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Take a look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in ‘Urban Myths’

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Audra Schroeder


Posted on Jan 11, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 5:35 am CDT

The trailer for road-trip film Urban Myths debuted on Wednesday, and it’s full of familiar faces: Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler (and Rupert Grint as his “friend”), Stockard Channing as Liz Taylor, Aidan Gillen as Timothy Leary, Brian Cox as Marlon Brando, and Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson. 

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The film is said to be based on an unverified report that Taylor, Brando, and Jackson took a road trip together after 9/11. Fiennes’ casting has seen its share of backlash: When it was announced last year that he would play Jackson, he addressed the uproar, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the film is “not a biopic” and that he’s playing “Michael as we last remembered him and how he looks.” 

Well, we definitely get to see how he looks. 

Last year Jackson fans started a Facebook group objecting to Fiennes’ casting, though it hasn’t been updated recently. However, I’m a bit surprised more people aren’t talking about Ramsay Bolton as Hitler

The film debuts Jan. 19 on Sky Arts. 

Update 7:18am CT, Jan. 13: Sky has pulled the Jackson episode of Urban Myths after complaints from the Jackson family. The episode was originally set to air in April, and Urban Myths director Ben Palmer had defended the choice as recently as this week, telling viewers not to rush to judgment.

“Sky is not in the habit of pulling programmes but we felt that this was the right decision to take,” Sky said in a statement. “Sky Arts puts the integrity of the creative vision at the heart of all of its original commissions, and casting decisions are made within the overall diversity framework which we have set.”

In light of this decision, the trailer (previously embedded above) has been removed from YouTube.

H/T Billboard 

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*First Published: Jan 11, 2017, 11:48 am CST