Helena Bonham Carter To Play Liz Taylor In BBC Movie

By Leslie Kasperowicz 2013-02-12 11:14:47 discussion comments
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After Lindsay Lohanís critically panned turn as legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, which actress has the guts to take on the role next? Helena Bonham Carter, apparently, and unsurprisingly, sheíll take on the role for the BBC. The Les Miserables actress will be slipping into Lizís diamonds for a biopic opposite Dominic West as Richard Burton.

After the huge buzz generated by Lohanís attempt at the role ended with almost universally bad reviews, the BBC has stepped up to take their turn at bat. Like the Lifetime version (in which Grant Bowler played Burton to Lohanís Taylor), the BBCís movie will also focus on the tempestuous relationship between the two stars. Itís a different look, however. Deadline says the 90-minute movie, titled Burton & Taylor, will look at the 1983 stage performance of Noel Cowardís Private Lives, a play which Burton and Taylor starred in together for a dismal 63-performance run on Broadway.

Helena Bonham Carter is an interesting choice for the role. Itís not that she doesnít have the acting chops to play Taylor, but mainly that itís hard to separate her from the roles for which we know her best: crazed dark witch Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter movies, crazed girlfriend of Tyler Durden in Fight Club, trashy, money-grubbing, mildly crazed innkeeper in Les Miserables, and multiple quirky (and again, kind of crazed) characters in Tim Burtonís films. On the other hand, that might be just the reason she could be perfect to play Liz Taylor, who had a few crazy moments of her own, and sheís by a long shot a better choice than Lindsay Lohan ever was.

Dominic West, who is best known to TV viewers for The Wire, most recently appeared on TV in The Hour. Perhaps a little unfairly, he wonít face nearly the scrutiny for taking on the role of Burton that any female does when playing Liz, but Taylor is without a doubt the bigger legend of the two.

Thereís no word on an air date for the movie or what our odds are of seeing it anytime soon here in the U.S., but weíll keep you posted.
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