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First picture of Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor released

Bisexual actress will play HIV advocate and Hollywood legend in new Lifetime movie
Lindsay Lohan and True Blood's Grant Bowler will play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in new Lifetime movie
Photo by Richard McClaren/Lifetime

The first picture of Hollywood bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan playing the legendary HIV activist and film star Elizabeth Taylor has been released.

The film Liz and Dick, also featuring True Blood actor Grant Bowler, tells the tumultuous love story between classic movie actress Elizabeth Taylor and Welsh actor Richard Burton.

'I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor,' Lohan said in a statement. '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.'

Production on the Lifetime movie started this weekend (3 and 4 June) in Los Angeles.

Her casting did not come without controversy. Rosie O’Donnell slammed the choice, saying Lohan was ‘not in a place to work’.

She said: ‘I don't think she's right for the role, and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed to portray that character. I think the interest level in her has waned significantly.'

Lohan's spokesperson responded, and said: 'I think Rosie should focus on her own career and stop worrying about everyone else's.'

The relationship between Taylor and Burton began when they met on the set of Cleopatra when they were both married to others.

Lohan, once known for starring in Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and dating DJ Samantha Ronson, is currently on probation until May 2014 for stealing a necklace from a jewellery store.

Liz and Dick is expected to air on Lifetime later this year.  

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