Here’s Our First Look At Joseph Fiennes Playing Michael Jackson In URBAN MYTHS

This was probably ill-advised.

Here, at last, is the first trailer for Sky Arts' Urban Myths, a new series which looks like it'll dramatize a number of urban legends. Y'know, the one about Cary Grant experimenting with LSD, or the one about Bob Dylan showing up to a fan's residence, or the one where Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson took a wacky, cross-country road trip in the wake of 9/11.

The episode built around that particular urban legend, “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon”, is probably the one most people are going to be discussing in relation to Urban Myths. See if you can guess why.

We first heard about this bit of casting almost exactly one year ago (here's Evan's post on the matter), and at the time we were utterly baffled by it. Seeing it in action now - and within context with footage from the rest of the series, which looks delightfully bonkers - the whole thing seems a little less weird, but only a little. Mostly it just seems profoundly ill-advised, and my guess is we'll be hearing a lot about this in the months ahead.

If you're wondering, here's what Ben Palmer - the director of the "Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon" episode - has to say about the decision to cast Fiennes as Jackson (quote from The Guardian, via The Playlist):

“We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance. We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance. It’s a really lovely, sweet film. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react once they’ve actually seen it.”

Oh, I don't think you'll be wanting for reactions, sir. I think those are going to start rolling in right now.

The two-season, eight-episode run of Urban Myths hits Sky Arts this year. What do you guys make of all this? Sound off in the comments below.