Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 
Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable

Lindsay Lohan Not at All Stunt Cast as Elizabeth Taylor in New Lifetime Movie

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire April 24, 2012 at 9:20AM

Lifetime announced yesterday that after months of talks, Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play Elizabeth Taylor in the network's original movie "Liz & Dick," about Taylor's tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, who she married and divorced twice. It's a bold casting choice, if also a queasily calculated one. Any Lohan announcement's bound to get a lot of attention, but the actress has also been back in the tabloids lately with rumors of partying and nightclub altercations, which makes the idea of her playing a hard-drinking, paparazzi-stalked, health problem-prone screen icon falling into a notoriously fiery, violently troubled relationship uncomfortably on the nose.
0
Lindsay Lohan in 'Machete'
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Lindsay Lohan in 'Machete'

Lifetime announced yesterday that after months of talks, Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play Elizabeth Taylor in the network's original movie "Liz & Dick," about Taylor's tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, who she married and divorced twice. It's a bold casting choice, if also a queasily calculated one. Any Lohan announcement's bound to get a lot of attention, but the actress has also been back in the tabloids lately with rumors of partying and nightclub altercations, which makes the idea of her playing a hard-drinking, paparazzi-stalked, health problem-prone screen icon falling into a notoriously fiery, violently troubled relationship uncomfortably on the nose.

Barring any complications that arise, "Liz & Dick" (which is being written by Christopher Monger, of "Temple Grandin" and "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain") will start shooting in June. In the press release, Lifetime programming VP Rob Sharenow claims that Lohan "is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon." And, it goes unsaid, the reputation. Whether through stunt-casting, personal interest or general morbidity, Lohan's been attached to channel several other famous, troubled women in her short but highly publicized career. Three more:

Caitlin Thomas
Lohan was originally slated to play the wife to poet Dylan Thomas in John Maybury's 2008 "The Edge of Love." Sienna Miller eventually stepped in to take on the role of the bohemian spouse (the poet, no demure flower himself, once described his chaotic marriage "raw, red bleeding meat") after Lohan proved problematic due to insurance reasons.

Lohan as Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
Lohan's long been obsessed with Marilyn Monroe, the peak of her interest in the star occurring in 2008 when she recreated Monroe's last shoot at the Hotel Bel-Air with photographer Bert Stern, the man who'd taken the original photos. As Amanda Fortini wrote in New York magazine, where the photos were published, "one wonders whether Lohan’s participation in this project, given all the spooky parallels, isn’t the photographic equivalent of moving into a haunted house." Lohan was reportedly going to play Monroe in a sketch when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" last month, but it ended up getting cut.

Linda Lovelace
Lohan was slated to play the pornographic actress in "Inferno" -- not to be confused with "Lovelace," a competing biopic due out this year from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman with Amanda Seyfried in the title role. Set up to be one of what have been many potential comebacks for Lohan, the project wasn't able to come together due, once again, to issues of insurance as well as other things. Lohan was dropped from the film in 2010 and replaced by Malin Akerman, who told the Hollywood Reporter yesterday that "Inferno" was still in financial limbo and whether it will ever happen is uncertain.

This article is related to: Television, Elizabeth Taylor, Lindsay Lohan, Lifetime, TV News






Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome



Awards Season Spotlight

Contender Conversations

Indiewire celebrates the best and brightest from Independent film, Hollywood, and foreign cinema.

More