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Lindsay Lohan gets leading man for Elizabeth Taylor biopic

Lifetime provoked a frenzy of response last month when it cast Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in its biopic Liz & Dick. In a move that probably won’t generate quite the same divided and clamorous reaction, the network has selected Grant Bowler to play Richard Burton, Oscar-nominated actor and famed lover of the Hollywood icon, EW has confirmed.

Bowler is recognizable to True Blood fans as V-addicted werewolf Cooter and to Ugly Betty fans as Wilhelmina’s love interest.

“Grant will add gravitas to our couple and bring to life one of the greatest actors who has ever lived,” the biopic’s executive producer, Larry A. Thompson, told Deadline, who first reported the news.

Burton starred opposite Taylor in Cleopatra, and their romance was making headlines not long after. The actor was Taylor’s fifth husband.

To get a look at Lohan dolled up as Taylor, check out her recently updated Twitter photo. Filming for the Lifetime biopic is set to begin June 4, with the air date yet to be announced.

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Lindsay Lohan to play Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime biopic 'Liz and Dick'

In her first major leading role since the 2009 ABC Family movie Labor Pains, Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play the late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, the network announced today.

Chronicling Taylor’s tumultuous romance with actor Richard Burton, the TV movie will be penned by Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin), and executive produced by Larry A. Thompson (Lucy & Desi). No director has been announced, but the film is scheduled to begin shooting in June.

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

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Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella cast in Ali HBO film

EW has confirmed that Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella have signed on for Stephen Frears’ upcoming HBO project Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Current Oscar favorite Plummer will play Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II, and recent Sundance 2012 sensation Langella will take on the role of Chief Justice Warren Berger.

Shawn Slovo (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) penned the script about Ali’s 1967 arrest for draft evasion, how he was he was stripped of his heavyweight championship title, and the legal battle that took him all the way to the Supreme Court.

Frears and his team are still looking for an actor to portray Ali.

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