'Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story' will follow Taylor's epic romance with fellow superstar Richard Burton. By Kara Warner
Lindsay Lohan and Elizabeth TaylorPhoto: Getty Images
Nine days into the new year, and we already have our first surprising Lindsay Lohan story. The recent Playboy cover girl's next role might be that of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor in a made-for-TV-movie for Lifetime.
According to Deadline, Lohan is in very early talks to play the lead role in Lifetime's original movie "Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story." The TV movie, which was announced at the network's upfront presentation to advertisers in May 2011, will be a biopic and will reportedly revolve around the epic romance between movie icons Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, whose tempestuous relationship was the most infamous celebrity love affair of its day. In a nutshell, Taylor and Burton were the original "Brangelina."
Lohan's potential involvement would definitely elevate interest in the project, no matter the production or air date. The problem-plagued 25-year-old could use something positive in her professional career, since the last time we heard from Lohan was via her Playboy interview and court hearings that led to 30 days in jail for violating probation, not attending court-mandated therapy sessions and getting tossed from a community-service gig.
Lohan seems to have a thing for misunderstood, old-school Hollywood icons, given the Marilyn Monroe theme in her Playboy spread and her onetime involvement in a Linda Lovelace biopic. Furthermore, Lohan and Taylor have a few interesting things in common, according to a 2010 article from Slate. "Both had domineering stage mothers, little semblance of a real childhood, fame from a young age, substance abuse issues, public emotional outpourings, and copious amounts of tabloid drama," wrote Slate senior editor Jessica Grose. "The key difference, though, is that Elizabeth Taylor had a true record of achievement before she became the most notorious movie star in America. She had made almost 30 movies by the time she and Burton were making headlines."
There has been no official comment from Lohan or Lifetime yet.