Watch Joseph Fiennes Controversially Play Michael Jackson In New 'Urban Myths' Trailer

"I sense the danger," he says in the clip.

By Shawn Cooke Jan 11, 2017

We now have our first look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson. The white Englishman is playing the King of Pop in a new anthology TV movie for the U.K.'s Sky Arts. Originally titled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, Fiennes's segment as Jackson will be integrated into Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies, which portrays other "true-ish stories" about cultural and historic figures (including Bob Dylan, Cary Grant, and Adolf Hitler).

Fiennes's controversial portrayal of Jackson, which might even make for a convincing Tommy Wiseau, takes inspiration from a 2011 Vanity Fair piece which alleged that the singer took a road trip with Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) after the September 11 attacks.

The upcoming Academy Awards will likely avoid another full-fledged #OscarsSoWhite controversy, but 2017 already has its share of pop culture whitewashing in the books. On top of Fiennes as Jackson, we can also look forward to Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon in roles that most definitely should have been filled by Asian actors  (in Ghost in the Shell and The Great Wall, respectively).

Watch the bizarre trailer for Urban Myths below.