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Today, Lindsay Lohan has officially signed onto the Lifetime movie, Liz & Dick.  The film will focus on Elizabeth Taylor’s relationship with actor Richard Burton, and filming will begin in June.

Below is the official press release.  What do you think about Lohan’s new role?  Do you think she will portray Liz Taylor well?

Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2012) – Lindsay Lohan is set to star as the legendary Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Original Movie Liz & Dick, based on the true story of the screen icon’s historic romance with actor Richard Burton. Principal photography on the movie will begin in early June in Los Angeles, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Taylor and Burton were Hollywood royalty and their fiery romance — often called “the marriage of the century” — was the most notorious, publicized and celebrated love affair of its day. Swarmed by paparazzi, Taylor and Burton’s love affair was played out entirely in front of the global press from the time they met on the set of the major motion picture Cleopatra, left their respective spouses, married and divorced, only to remarry and divorce once again. Despite their roller coaster romance for the public eye to see, Taylor and Burton shared an undeniable love greater than most people could have ever dreamed.

Regarding the announcement, Lohan 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 honored to have been asked to play this role.”

“We are thrilled Lindsay will portray beloved Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor,” added Sharenow. “She is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon.”

Liz & Dick will be produced by Larry A. Thompson Productions, Inc. Larry A. Thompson (Amish Grace, Lucy & Desi) will serve as executive producer, with Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) writing.

  • Jen

    …but she doesn’t even look like her :(

  • Thea

    They sure didn’t cast LiLo based on any resemblance!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    That’s just insulting

  • Mel823

    It’s just a Lifetime movie, and it’s not like Lindsey can’t act. She just needs to clean herself up and focus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    I don’t know about this.  I haven’t trusted Lindsay Logan since Herbie Fully Loaded, when she started to go down hill.

  • Alive285

    Despite Lindsay’s life being a tabloid’s dream (not unlike Elizabeth Taylor’s), she IS a good actress, so as far as acting goes, I’m not really worried about that.

    And as for the resemblance, check out this photo of Elizabeth Taylor (1952, Getty Images). Can you not see Lindsay in her face? I think with the right make-up, Lindsay would make a perfect Liz.

  • pauline ovenden

    B-but Liz Taylor considered one of the most beautiful women in her day – played by Lindsay Lohan? I’m all for Lindsay cleaning up her act but – holy crap – oh my god -WHY?! Thats just not right.

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