British actor Joseph Fiennes caused a worldwide uproar when he appeared as the King of Pop in Sky Arts' trailer for Urban Myths, a farcical series involving Elizabeth Taylor, #MichaelJackson and even Hitler in some sort of crazy road trip. When not a single positive comment was heard about Fiennes's heavy makeup and cheap prosthetics, the network eventually decided to pull the show.
Yet the backlash doesn't seem to prevent other Jackson-related projects from moving forward, as Lifetime has just announced their own tribute movie. Just to be safe, the network cast the one person no one would be able to say doesn't look like the singer: Navi, the "world's number one MJ impersonator" according to his website.
Navi Will Star In 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland'
After their unlikely take on Britney Spears with an upcoming movie, Lifetime is looking to adapt Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, a book written by two of Jackson's bodyguards. The title of the movie will be Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland, and the story will keep the point of view of the bodyguards as the main angle.
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Navi has impersonated Jackson for the past 24 years at various events, even being hired by the singer himself to step in as a double and invited to visit Neverland Ranch in 2003. There's no word yet on the rest of the cast, but it seems like the network is committed to making their movie as realistic as possible.
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(Source: Vanity Fair)