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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in TV Drama

  • Associated Press

Joseph Fiennes speaks on stage during the "Shakespeare Uncovered" panel at the PBS 2015 Winter TCA on Jan. 20, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.

Joseph Fiennes speaks on stage during the "Shakespeare Uncovered" panel at the PBS 2015 Winter TCA on Jan. 20, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.

Joseph Fiennes will star as Michael Jackson in a TV drama set to broadcast later this year.

The white British star of "Shakespeare in Love'' plays the late King of Pop in "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,'' alongside Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.

The script is based on a - possibly fictitious - road trip the three stars are rumored to have made in an attempt to leave New York after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sky Arts, which commissioned the drama, confirmed the casting and said Wednesday that the show is in post-production and is due to air in 2016.

The casting news comes amid a debate about lack of diversity in Hollywood, sparked by an all-white slate of Academy Awards acting nominees.

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