Stockard Channing, perfectly cast as Elizabeth Taylor, is joined by Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in Sky Arts’ TV movie/sketch comedy special ELIZABETH, MICHAEL & MARLON.
It tells the story of an alleged road trip undertaken by Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando to get out of New York City following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. First detailed in a Vanity Fair article in 2011, the story is often considered urban legend. The special, which has no airdate but will air this year, is part of a series of comedies from UK’s Sky Arts about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history. Ben Palmer is directing from a script by Neil Forsyth. Little Rock Pictures is producing.
Channing, known for her iconic role as Rizzo in Grease, has recently recurred on The Good Wife and The Mysteries of Laura. She is repped by Paradigm, Markham, Froggatt, & Irwin, and Anonymous Content.
Fiennes, who can next be seen in biblical drama Risen, is with WME, The Artists Partnership, and Anonymous Content. In response to questions about casting Fiennes, a white actor, as the King of Pop, Sky Arts says the network “gives producers the creative freedom to cast roles as they wish, within the diversity framework which we have set.”
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer