Television

British TV trailer shows Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

Joseph Fiennes, as he normally looks.
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File 2016
Joseph Fiennes, as he normally looks.

A British TV network has offered the first glimpse of actor Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy series.

Sky Arts has released a trailer for its upcoming ‘‘Urban Myths’’ series, which it says looks at ‘‘remarkable stories from well-known historical, artistic and cultural figures, which may or may not have happened in real life.’’

In the preview, Fiennes is shown wearing Jackson’s signature hat while seated in a car driven by Elizabeth Taylor, who is played by Stockard Channing. The network says one episode will detail a supposed road trip taken by Jackson, Taylor and Marlon Brando in 2001.

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The casting of Fiennes, who is white, as Jackson was criticized when it was announced. Fiennes defended himself to The Associated Press last year, saying the project doesn’t promote stereotyping.

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