Helena Bonham Carter to play Elizabeth Taylor in BBC’s ‘Burton & Taylor’

By Daniel S Levine,

After Lindsay Lohan’s disastrous portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick, fans of the legendary actress are probably breathing a sigh of relief knowing that Lohan will not get the last word on Taylor. The Oscar-nominated Helena Bonham Carter will get to play Taylor in a new BBC TV film titled Burton & Taylor.

Bonham Carter will act alongside The Wire’s Dominic West, who will play Richard Burton. The film will center on the couple’s 1983 reunion when they starred in a Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives.

As The Daily Mail notes, Burton and Taylor were no longer together at the time and the production drew media scrutiny. Coward’s play is about a former married couple and Burton and Taylor were paid $1 million each to do it.

According to Deadline, the film will be produced by the BBC Drama Productions with Jessica Pope as executive producer and Lachlan McKinnon as producer. Richard Laxton is directing. William Ivory (Made In Dagenham) wrote the script.

Taylor and Burton were recently played by Lohan and Grant Bowler in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, which was bashed by critics.

Bonham Carter recently starred in Les Miserables and was nominated for an Oscar for The King’s Speech. West starred in The Hour and John Carter.

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