People can’t get over this first look at Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson

There was uproar over the casting of a white actor to play the King of Pop in new Sky Arts series Urban Myths


The road trip that Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brandon allegedly took in the wake of 9/11 – where the trio piled into a car and fled New York for Ohio via fast food joints – has been immortalised in the form of Urban Myths, a collection of “true-ish” stories from the last century.


Sky Arts has released the first trailer for the series, which stars Joseph Fiennes as the late Michael Jackson, a casting which was met with much controversy over the fact that Fiennes is a white actor.

And Twitter couldn’t quite believe what it was seeing…

Urban Myths also stars Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in the road trip sketch.

Other sketches feature Eddie Marsan as Bob Dylan, Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Leary, David Threlfall as Samuel Beckett, Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler and Rupert Grint as Hitler’s friend.


Urban Myths debuts on Sky Arts on 19 January