Internationally beloved and critically renowned actor — nay breather of life into the flat written word upon the stage — Joseph Fiennes, is set to portray iconic pop star Michael Jackson in an upcoming film about the musician’s 9/11 road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.
What’s that? You aren’t familiar with acclaimed thespian Joseph Fiennes, who is known for his roles in 1998’s Shakespeare In Love and [remember to come back to this and enter in another movie Fiennes was in that people might know about.] Wait, are you also saying that it is sort of weird a white actor is playing the King of Pop who is African American and even though in his later years did have very light skin, explicitly told Oprah he never wanted a white actor to portray him?
Hmm, well you and a lot of voices on Twitter might have a point. It is a little odd and if they’re gonna do that then at least have Liz Taylor be played by Taraji P. Henson. That’d be fabulous.
The world's reaction to Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/EGLKYSETIO— AL (@MissSchliez) January 27, 2016
Joseph Fiennes can play Michael Jackson. (A real person). But Idris can't play James Bond (a fake spy for a fake agency)? Cool, cool, cool.— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) January 27, 2016
Congratulations to noted African-American actor Joseph Fiennes on being cast as Michael Jackson...— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) January 27, 2016
Remember in 1995 when Joseph Fiennes floated a statue of himself down the Thames? Oh right, sorry. It's just that they look so alike— Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) January 27, 2016
Oddly enough, it won’t be the first time I’ll see Joseph Fiennes portray a man of color. I saw him 20 years ago as Jesus in a London play.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 26, 2016
ah yes, a movie about Michael Jackson ... and they cast a white dude to play him bye earth, I'm leaving— Claire [exams x_x] (@POSEIDONCHILD) January 28, 2016
By time that 9/11 road trip movie w/Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson opens, Trump could be President. Live every day like it is our last.— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) January 27, 2016
People then began to pitch similar casting for other biopics.
Sandra Bullock could play Michael Jackson— Escaped Goat (@MissZindzi) January 27, 2016