Earlier this week we heard that the producers of the Elizabeth Taylor biopic, Liz & Dick, which has already cast Lindsay Lohan in the title role of Elizabeth, has been having issues finding their perfect Dick. Well, today Deadline is reporting that Dick has been cast, and the role has gone to New Zealand actor, Grant Bowler. You may know Grant from True Blood or Ugly Betty, well, he has now reportedly been cast to play Hollywood great Richard Burton opposite Lindsay Lohan. The biopic chronicles the fiery, notorious and highly publicized love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the original Hollywood couple – do you think Grant is the perfect Dick?
The casting comes only 10 days before Liz & Dick is scheduled to begin filming — on June 4 — after the movie’s executive producer Larry A. Thompson and Lifetime had auditioned “many actors on just about any continent,” Thompson said. He noted that the hope was to try and find an actor who, like Burton, is Welsh, but New Zealander Bowler wowed them with his tape. “Grant will add gravitas to our couple and bring to life one of the greatest actors who has ever lived,” Thompson said. “Burton was a Welsh poet, a rascal, and a man’s man, who swept Elizabeth Taylor off her feet and flew her so close to the sun that they both exploded into stardust that still lights up Hollywood. Grant’s casting was sealed today after he did a reading with Lohan at the network. “The chemistry erupted in the room,” said Thompson said, calling Taylor and Burton “the first Hollywood royal couple, the first Brangelina.”
Well, they’ve found their Dick! From Deadline’s report, it sounds like Grant Bowler really wowed the producers with his audition to play Richard Burton. I’m fascinated to see what kind of chemistry they are talking about! I have to say, Grant definitely has the right look. He kinda reminds me of a young Dick, with a slightly roguish smile and unkempt style. They even have a similar bone structure. I don’t know Grant well as an actor, but given that he is a New Zealander, I do think he will play a Welshman pretty well.
As Trent said earlier this week, this biopic is going to get a lot of attention given that they have cast Lindsay Lohan in the title role as Elizabeth Taylor. It was bound to be interesting to see who they got to play Dick. His role is also completely critical to the biopic. Together, Lindsay and Grant need to recreate one of the greatest romances ever to have existed in Hollywood. They need the right chemistry, the right connection. I am impressed that they have given the role to Grant, who is definitely not a total newbie, but who also isn’t part of the Hollywood clique and inner circle. I’m actually pretty excited to see how he does as our Dick. What do you think of this casting decision??