BBC America will once again spin the great love affair of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor into a made-for-TV movie this fall, hoping to push just a little further than Lifetime Network’s 2012 version, Liz & Dick. Lifetime first signed on Lindsay Lohan to fill the role in her “comeback” to acting, and needless to say, her interpretation of the iconic actress stepped on people’s toes, receiving poor press and even worse ratings.
BBC’s new fall biopic will be named Burton and Taylor. It bears a similar title to the Lifetime version, but this time around people are saying it’s got the right casting. Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter are slated to play the couple, and in promotional pictures for the film, they look barely recognizable in their make-up.
The new 90-minute drama will follow the stars’ relationship as it pans out against the backdrop of their unfortunate 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s play, Private Lives.