By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 23, 2012 at 2:16PM
When this idea was first tossed around back in January, we figured it was yet another publicity stunt by the producers and/or Lindsay Lohan's people to drum up news for the project and the actress whose legal troubles have largely kept her out of movies for the past few years, except for a cameo in Robert Rodriguez's "Machete." But somehow insurers for the movie are appeased that she'll appear on set, as the actress has landed her first lead role since 2009's "Labor Pains" and she'll be taking on a titan.
THR reports that Lohan will play Elizabeth Taylor in "Liz & Dick" in what will surely be a quality production for the Lifetime network. The film, penned by Christopher Monger (HBO's Emmy-award winning "Temple Grandin") will focus on the tempestuous romance between Taylor and her fifth/sixth husband, and co-star in "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," the great Welsh actor Richard Burton. Of couse, whether or not the actress -- who for a brief moment seemed like she could be the next big thing before her personal life spiralled out of control -- can even attempt to step into Liz's famed shoes remains to be seen. And good luck to whoever will take on the monumental part of Dick.
Production is slated to begin June barring Lohan doesn't do anything between now and then, and there is still no director named. We'll be following this mostly out of morbid curiosity and to see if it can reach the heights of "Drew Peterson: Untouchable." And for what it's worth, the producer on the project Larry Thompson was previously behind Lifetime's "Amish Grace"...so there's that....