The first footage of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson has emerged - and his family is not happy about it.
Paris Jackson, daughter of the late singer, has shared her disgust on social, tweeting that watching the footage makes her want to vomit.
The casting of Fiennes as Jackson, for an episode of the new British TV series Urban Myths, attracted controversy when it was first announced almost a year ago.
The first trailer has only now gone online, and the outrage remains.
In a series of tweets in response to a fan question, Jackson, Michael's eldest daughter, said she was "incredibly offended", not just for her father but for Elizabeth Taylor as well..
@TheMJCast i'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit.— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) 11 January 2017
@TheMJCast it angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) 11 January 2017
@TheMJCast where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) 11 January 2017
One of Michael's nephews, Taj, also shared his views, saying that the Jackson family has come to expect that level of abuse.
When the news first broke, Fiennes said that he did not believe it was inappropriate for a white man to play the music star, due to the fact that the pigmentation of Jackson's skin had significantly changed by the time of his death.
"[Jackson] definitely had an issue - a pigmentation issue - and that's something I do believe," he told Entertainment Tonight at the time. "He was probably closer to my colour than his original colour."
What Fiennes probably wasn't anticipating, however, was a onslaught of comparisons to the likes of kid's TV character Worzel Gummidge and "a historical battle re-enactment fan who also owns a metal detector".
Can I pls unsee Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson— ree (@riannaej) 11 January 2017
Me after I saw Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/YuqgCXT0CI— GEEK HOES (@beatrixforkiddo) 11 January 2017
Okay? But why does Joseph Fiennes as MJ look like the scarecrow you'd find at the edge of a pumpkin patch!? pic.twitter.com/OxFjP5SZQs— Rosalina Watson † (@AboutRosalina) 11 January 2017
Honestly I'm wheezing at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson he looks like a historical battle reenactment fan who also owns a metal detector pic.twitter.com/gFwr4TyKNU— (@QueerDiscOx) 11 January 2017
The new image has also reignited the controversy over the original casting, with many people describing the footage as offensive, and as a worrying example of whitewashing (a Hollywood trend in which white actors are given roles that could have been more appropriately filled by actors of colour).
"I hope it loses every single dime of its budget. Every single dime," said actor Keith Powell, of 30 Rock fame.
Joseph Fiennes just sabotaged his own career— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) 11 January 2017
They have Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson. Maybe Tom Hanks will play Berry Gordy in the next Motown movie.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) 10 January 2017
The half-hour-long Urban Myths episode also stars Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando, and tells the story of a road trip undertaken by the three stars shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Its director, Ben Palmer, has defended his decision.
"We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance," he told the Guardian.
"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."
The show is an anthology and will have other episodes including Game of Thrones villain Iwan Rheon moving from Ramsay Snow to Adolf Hitler.