Lindsay Lohan to play Liz Taylor in Lifetime film

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2012 file photo, actress Lindsay Lohan attends amfAR's New York gala benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime film about her love affair with actor Richard Burton On Monday, April 23, 2012, the network made official a casting decision rumored for months. They say Lohan will star in "Liz & Dick," with production set to begin in early June. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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  • Lindsay Lohan
    Lindsay Lohan
    American actress and singer
  • Richard Burton
    Richard Burton
    Welsh actor (1925-1984)
  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Elizabeth Taylor
    British-American actress (1932-2011)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsay Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime film about her love affair with actor Richard Burton.

Lifetime on Monday made official a casting decision rumored for months. The network says Lohan will star in "Liz & Dick," with production set to begin in early June.

There was no mention of who will play Burton or when the film will air.

Taylor and Burton met as co-stars of the 1963 epic "Cleopatra." They fell in love as the world looked on, left their respective spouses and got married. Then they divorced, only to remarry and divorce again.

In recent years the 25-year-old Lohan has gained her own measure of notoriety. "Liz & Dick" represents a step in her attempted career comeback.

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