LiLo to play Liz Taylor
Lindsay Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime film about her love affair with actor Richard Burton.
Lifetime made official a casting decision rumoured for months. The network says Lohan will star in Liz & Dick, with production set to begin in early June.
"We have wanted Lindsay from day one," producer Larry Thompson told E! News.
"She had a lot in her life that was going on. We needed to give her time to take care of her business, and while we negotiated the deal for her we prayed for her—and wonderfully she has behaved. She's cleared herself and we're ready to start this movie."
Lohan in a statement said: "I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor.”
"She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honoured to have been asked to play this role."
There was no mention of who will play Burton or when the film will air.
Taylor and Burton met as co-stars of the 1963 epic Cleopatra. They fell in love as the world looked on, left their respective spouses and got married. Then they divorced, only to remarry and divorce again.
In recent years the 25-year-old Lohan has gained her own measure of notoriety. Liz & Dick represents a step in her attempted career comeback.
Published April 24, 2012