Lindsay Lohan Is In Talks To Play Elizabeth Taylor In A Made-For-TV Movie

Yes, Really

As you may recall, we learned late last year that Lindsay Lohan has been named as the new celebrity spokesmodel for JAG Jeans. We learned last week that she has been named as the new celebrity spokesmodel for FCUK‘s new fragrance Fringe. Today … we learn that Lindsay is being considered for the role of — get thisElizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie titled Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story. Now, before y’all get all riled up about this casting … let’s remember that she is merely being CONSIDERED for the role. But, if she plays her cards right (heaven help us), Lindsay could feasibly get the role. HMMM.

After emulating Marilyn Monroe in a series of photo shoots, most recently for Playboy, Lindsay Lohan may be taking on another screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor. I have learned that the 25-year-old actress is in early talks for the female lead in Lifetime’s original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, chronicling the enduring love of movie icons Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, whose fiery romance was the most notorious, publicized and celebrated love affair of its day. The film, produced by Larry Thompson (Amish Grace) and written by Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin), was originally announced as part as Lifetime’s 2011-12 development slate … Lohan has been compared to Taylor. In addition to their physical resemblance, a 2004 Slate story lists a host of other similarities: “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. The key difference, though, is that Elizabeth Taylor had a true record of achievement before she became the most notorious movie star in America.”

Ummmm … hmmmmm. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. On the one hand (the positive one), I think a role like this really could help Lindsay in her continuing effort to turn her life around. She has been an utter mess for a few years now. A role like this has a real chance at helping Lindsay clean up her image … and if she delivers a great performance, it could literally save her acting career. On the other hand (the negative one), I am having a hard time envisioning Lindsay with the acting ability to pull off this role … that is, if she is even given the chance to play the part. Elizabeth Taylor is an icon … you can’t get just any ol’ person to play her in a movie of any kind. I guess we’ll have to see how this plays out. I’m really curious to know if Lindsay will A.) get the part and B.) will shine in the role.

What do y’all think? Does any of this sound like a good idea to you? Do YOU think Lindsay Lohan will be able to portray Elizabeth Taylor in a suitable way?

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  1. i have to say that physically I have always seen a resemblance… maybe less so now that lindsay has kinda messed up her face with god knows what, but she’s done liz taylor before for interview magazine and for entertainment weekly (I think) and she definitely looked the part (much more so than marilyn at least, why does she keep doing that?)

    As far as her ability to play the role… i’m a bit skeptical. it could wind up being epically epically bad. liz was, in many ways, the tabloid queen of her day, so it’s kind of fitting that lindsay would be offered the role… basically, i’m intrigued but expectations are LOW.

  2. Meghan

    Ugh…the whole premise of this movie sounds terrible. That Lindsay may play Liz makes it even worse. Then again, I loathe Lifetime. Perhaps this is perfect for their crowd.

  3. Kellie

    Lifetime…LMAO!!!!!

    • Krissy

      Exactly. Going from movies to Lifetime isn’t a good sign for her career. That is J. Love Hewitt territory.

      IMO, I don’t think she has done enough (er, anything) to show that she has made progress. Doing what you are told for a month isn’t impressive, it is the bare minimum. I dont’ see how any intelligent financier could possible put money behind a production associated with Lohan, knowing the amount of cost that her antics, demands, and insurance would cost.

  4. Jstar

    I think its a terrible idea, Lindsay is a terrible actress (she hasn’t made a movie in years!!!) if she is serious about acting, she should go to school or get a coach to take lessons. I say epic fail if they go with her.

  5. Fabio

    Give the girl a break! She’s showing signs of trying, I really think this would be great for her and her career, let’s face it the chances of her just getting signed on to an a list film are slim at best, so she has to do a couple of lifetime films and maybe in a few years she will be back up there. I think she was a good little actress and Id love for her to get back into it and get clean! Maybe this is what she’ll end up doing from now on… I find it funny how people judge actors for doing lifetime moves like its a low job… Do you judge your trash collectors or people who work in retail? I say good luck Lindsay!

  6. apriljan

    NO. Just NO.

    N-O.

    NO.

  7. @di from NYC

    HELL TO F NO!!!!!!!!!

    First of all the Burton era, Taylor was in her 30s to 40s. Granted LL aged because of the drugs but no just no, I can’t say no enough.

    ET beauty was iconic, you can’t taint that.

    Omg I think I seriously just got a headache reading this post.

    LL should try and make a comeback (doubt though) but leave Monroe and Taylor alone! UGH NO just no! Make a comeback on your own name!

  8. Janaegal

    Does anyone else remember when Jennifer Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn? Yeah, that’s because it was horrible.

    You can’t have mediocre actresses play icons. No. Just, no.

  9. Fabio

    People are so mean! It’s not you’d be forced to watch it.

  10. ChristineLA

    Ugh, I agree, LiLo needs to stay far away from Elizabeth Taylor’s life story. This may be old fashioned, but I think before she is offered ANY sort of comeback role, she actually needs to be clean and sober, a la Robert Downey, Jr., back in the day.

  11. a yank in rio

    Watching the Taylor/Burton classic “The Sandpiper” I was struck by the resemblance. Figured of that film ever got remade LiLo would be perfect for it

  12. GMcginnis

    HOLY HORRENDOUS CASTING BATMAN! I for one don’t want to suffer through her performance and I hope they know they are likely to run way over budget with all the breaks in shooting for parole violations and rehab stints. I must say that I am surprised that she is still insurable to cast her.

  13. Alys

    EFFING NO.

    NO.

    This crackwhore does not deserve to be Liz Taylor, despite how they might happen to vaguely resemble one another in the way Miss Piggy vaguely resembles Anna Wintour.

    NO.

  14. J

    She actually can act people just need to be reminded of the fact.

  15. Jim

    ACK! Lindsay Lohan playing the legendary Liz Taylor is a slap in the face of the recently deceased actress. Disgusting! I most certainly will NOT be watching!

  16. Jim

    Oh.. and she does NOT look like Liz Taylor! Do you people need glasses?

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