Sky Arts has just released the first trailer for their upcoming satirical eight-part miniseries Urban Myths, which sees a group of hugely talented actors playing some of the most recognizable historical figures/celebrities of contemporary history (in some cases even a little bit before that period). Check out the bizarre and occasionally off-putting trailer below…
If the name of the series rings a bell, it may be because of a certain controversy the show was met with last year when it was announced that Joseph Fiennes, a white man, was cast as Michael Jackson, a black man who had a rare skin disease that affected the pigment of his skin. Many claimed that Fiennes’ casting was yet another example of whitewashing.
Entitled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, the episode follows Fiennes’ Jackson, Stockard Channing’s Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox’s Marlon Brando as they go on a road trip after 9/11; some claim the road trip actually happened while others call it fiction.
It may be jumping to conclusions based on a 50-second teaser, but several things about the show sure do seem to be done in poor taste. Mind you, there are plenty of shows that expertly walk the line between praiseworthy and problematic, such as South Park and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but Urban Myths will have to do a similar dance if it wants to pull in an audience.
The rest of the cast for Urban Myths includes Eddie Marsan as Bob Dylan, Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Leary, Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler, Rupert Grint as Hitler’s Friend and more. The show will debut on January 19th in the UK.