It has been revealed that Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox are both contenders for the role of glamorous Golden Age actress, Elizabeth Taylor, in the biopic, Liz and Dick.
For some time, Lohan has been considered the frontrunner for the much-coveted role. However, speaking with E!News, it seems that the executive producer of the upcoming Lifetime film, Larry Thompson, has revealed that Transformers actress could also be lined up for the role of the Hollywood star. Thompson stated that he had been “talking to Lindsay Lohan directly, and with her reps, and have been in conversations with other actresses, including Megan Fox”.
As one of the most famous film stars that ever lived, the role of Taylor, who died in March last year, is certainly a prestigious one. The Cleopatra star was placed seventh on the American Film Institute’s list of the ‘Greatest American Screen Legends’, and is often credited as having played a role in triggering the sexual revolution of the 1960s. With Taylor having won two Oscars and appearing in a huge number of classic films, including eleven in which she starred alongside husband Richard Burton, it is certainly questionable as to whether or not either Lohan or Fox is truly deserving of such a role.
Whilst Lohan could certainly be seen to have a physical resemblance to the screen legend, as well as the background as a child actress with addiction issues, it seems that her ongoing probation status could be what’s standing in the way of her nabbing the role.
Perhaps someone with slightly more serious screen credentials might be more appropriate choice to play Taylor – both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angelina Jolie have been mooted for the role in the past. However, following her success in embodying iconic Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, perhaps Michelle Williams might be prepared to shed her blonde-bombshell style in order to work her magic in Liz and Dick.
Current hipster darling, Zooey Deschanel, could also be seen as having the potential to create Taylor’s recognisable image, although at 32 she is a little older than Lohan and Fox, who are both age 25. On the other hand, Emma Stone’s critically acclaimed performance in The Help would perhaps give her a certain credibility in taking on such as notable role.
Lifetime plan to start shooting Liz and Dick in Spring, so we’re unlikely to have to wait long to find out who will finally be cast as Taylor. Perhaps those who don’t make the cut might be considered for the same role in the film adaptation of Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s Taylor biography, Furious Love, which Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be interested in directing for Paramount last summer.
We’ll keep you posted!