Lindsay Lohan signed to portray Elizabeth Taylor in TV film

Movie comeback for bisexual actress will focus on Taylor's relationship with Richard Burton

Lindsay Lohan signed to portray Elizabeth Taylor in TV film
23 April 2012

Lindsay Lohan, who once starred in such box office hits as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, has spent more time in a courtroom than on a movie set in recent years.

But it was announced on Monday (23 April) that bisexual actress Lohan has been signed to portray one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history: Elizabeth Taylor.

Lohan will star as Taylor on Liz & Dick for Lifetime television in a film that will begin production in Los Angeles in June.

'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.'

Lifetime Networks Executive Vice President of Programming Rob Sharenow said Lohan 'is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon.'

The film will focus on Taylor’s high-profile relationship with actor Richard Burton to whom she was married to twice and starred opposite in such films as Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, The Sandpiper, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The relationship began when the pair met on the set of Cleopatra and both were married to others. They were condemned by The Vatican for living together without being married and are considered to be the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of their day because of their status as superstars and the unrelenting paparazzi interest in the pair.

Taylor died in 2011 and Burton in 1985.

Lohan has not had a movie role since 2010's Machete and her most recent starring role came a year earlier in Labor Pains which bypassed theaters and aired on the ABC Family network.

Her other film roles include A Prairie Home Companion, Georgia Rules, Bobby, The Parent Trap, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Herbie: Fully Loaded.

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