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Lindsay Lohan confirmed to play Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime biopic

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Lindsay Lohan has been confirmed to star as Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming television biopic Liz & Dick.

Lifetime announced the news of Lohan's casting today, with production on the biopic scheduled to begin in June in Los Angeles

Lindsay Lohan
Celebrities at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Week 1 Day 3
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Elizabeth Taylor's headshot from 1951

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Liz & Dick will be based on Taylor's love affair with actor Richard Burton, who the actress married and divorced twice after they met on the set of Cleopatra.

Lifetime's executive vice president of programming Rob Sharenow said: "We are thrilled Lindsay will portray beloved Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. She is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon."

Lohan, who was first speculated to play the Hollywood icon in January, also expressed excitement at portraying Taylor on the small screen.

"I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor," she said in a statement. "She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honoured to have been asked to play this role."

Lohan was previously said to be taking her new role very seriously, even watching old Taylor movies, reading about her life and watching interviews of the late actress.

Watch a trailer for Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, below:

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