Joseph Fiennes, Stockard Channing and Brian Cox are set to play Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando respectively in a one-off special production for Sky Arts in theU.K.
The project is based on a story from Vanity Fair several years ago when it emerged that Jackson invited the two acting legends to his concert at Madison Square Garden in September 2001. Following the World Trade Center attacks, when air travel to and from the city was cancelled, the trio rented a car and began a quest back to California.
A former employee of Jackson claimed: “They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves” and added that Brando apparently insisted on stopping off at various fast food restaurants en route.
The veracity of the story though has been called into question with oenof Taylor’s assistants insisting the actress stayed behind in New York, visiting Ground Zero and prayed in a church.
Talking with The Guardian, Fiennes says: “It’s a fun, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships.” Neil Forsyth is penning the script for the special.