Joseph Fiennes’ Casting As Michael Jackson In 9/11 Film Causes Controversy


If all the controversy surrounding this year’s Oscars wasn’t enough, Shakespeare in Love actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as none other than pop legend Michael Jackson in a 9/11 road trip drama about the King of Pop, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando trying to escape New York after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

The details of the movie are still unknown, but the script is based on the story of one of Jackson’s employees who claims that the tree stars rented a car in order to get to California, only making it to Ohio.

While all of this sounds exciting, people can’t help but wonder if it’s a good idea to cast a white actor to play one of the greatest African-American musicians of all time. In fact, the public seems pretty upset by the casting, given that prominent figures in the movie industry are currently protesting about the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

Here are some reactions from Twitter:

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