By Dylan Kickham
January 27, 2016 at 07:36 PM EST
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Joseph Fiennes will portray late pop singer Michael Jackson in a half-hour comedy coming to television in 2016. Now, Fiennes is talking about the eyebrow-raising role for the first time in an interview with ET Canada.

“It’s a tongue-in-cheek, fun, light look at three wonderful characters that we know — Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, and Marlon Brando — and they go on a road trip together,” Fiennes said. “Some say it’s an urban legend, and our story basically says, ‘If it happened, maybe it happened like this.’ They’re stuck in a car for 500 miles as they drive to Pennsylvania, and we get to hear some of the shtick that goes on.”

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The show will be called Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, and will depict a road trip Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando reportedly took together after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Taylor will be played by Stockard Channing and Brian Cox will play Brando. The show will air in 2016 on the art-oriented channel Sky Arts, as part of “a series of comedies about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history,” according to the network.

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