Lindsay Lohan Confirmed for Role as Elizabeth Taylor
Over the recent months there’s been numerous rumors spread that the "Mean Girls" star would be playing the coveted role, but her recent run-ins with the law were expected to ruin any chances of the collaboration.
"We have wanted Lindsay from day one," said Larry Thompson, executive producer, in an interview with 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."
The 25-year-old actress expressed her excitement for the role in a recent press release, stating, “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 honored to have been asked to play this role.”
The film will portray the late actress’ love affair with Richard Burton and its impact on the media. The couple left their spouses after meeting during the production of “Cleopatra” in the early sixties. They fell in love, married and divorced ten years later only to get married again in 1975, which ended in a second divorce.
“We are thrilled Lindsay will portray beloved Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor,” said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President of Lifetime Networks in a statement. “She is one of the rare actresses who possess the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon.”
"Liz & Dick" is set to begin filming in early June in Los Angeles.