Joseph Fiennes, a British actor best known for his leading
roleÂ in Shakespeare in Love, has been cast
asÂ Michael JacksonÂ in a new half-hour TV
comedyÂ about an unconfirmed road trip the singer
reportedly took withÂ Elizabeth Taylor
andÂ Marlon Brando following the Sept. 11, 2001
A rep forÂ production company Sky Arts confirmed the news on Wednesday, adding thatÂ the project is titledÂ Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon but many people are freaking out aboutÂ Fiennesâ€™ castingÂ because, heâ€™s white.
â€œA White Actor will play MJ. Because we arenâ€™t whitewashed enough in Hollywood, apparently,â€ read a tweet posted on BETâ€™s Twitter page Wednesday.
Legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson who died in 2009 at the
age of 50 suffered from the skin condition vitiligo and starting in
the late â€™80s, he began to look paler and paler.
InvestigatorsÂ foundÂ 30 tubes of skin
whitening cream at hisÂ home after his death.
The casting news comes amid recent criticism aimed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesÂ over the lack of diversity among the nominees of this yearâ€™s Oscars.
Screenwriter Neil Forsyth tweeted Wednesday the project has been filmed and is set to be released in the U.K. â€œsoon.â€