Here's possibly the oddest movie we'll see in the next couple of years. As yet untitled, the Michael Jackson 9/11 Road Trip Comedy is exactly what it sounds like. And it is a reimagining of a fateful trip that 'presumably' happened. Weirdest part about the announcement of this upcoming comedy is that none other than Joseph Fiennes, known for his roles in American Horror Story, Hercules and Strangerland, is taking on the lead role of Michael Jackson.
Joseph Fiennes confirmed the news himself, speaking with WENN.com. And it sounds like an unlikely choice for the Shakespeare in Love star. The movie tracks a rumored cross-country road trip that The King of Pop took with none other than Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. All three icons piled into a car after the events of 9/11 and drove from New York to Los Angeles, so that Michael Jackson could get away from the terrorists attacks and regroup.
The events depicted in the movie will not be based on fact, but myth. As the story goes, Michael Jackson was beyond determined to get home following a tribute concert in New York City. He hired a car to take him and his superstar friends back home after any and all flights out of NYC were grounded following the World Trade Center attacks. Starring in the movie alongside Joseph Fiennes are Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. About taking on the movie, Joseph Fiennes had this to say.
"I got the script the other day. 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 movie is described as more of comedy than a drama. And it should shed some new light on the three Hollywood legends, whom have all passed away. Describing the tone of the movie, Joseph Fiennes had this to say.
"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."
What do you think? Does Joseph Fiennes make for the perfect Michael Jackson? And what do you think about the rest of this oddball cast? Is this a must-see movie? Or is it just to bizarre to believe that it actually exists? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.