Dominic West, Helena Bonham Carter cast in BBC's 'Burton & Taylor'

I know we are all in agreement that there will be no better telling of the whirlwind romance between actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton than the Lifetime modern classic "Liz & Dick." Truly no future work can hold a candle to the powerhouse performances of Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler.

Helena Bonham Carter

Well, those crazy Brits are going to try anyway.

"Burton & Taylor," the new film is in the works at BBC4, will once again take us into the tumultuous love affair between the Hollywood golden couple, particularly focusing on the period in 1983 when the two reunited to star in Noel Coward's play "Private Lives."

Helena Bonham-Carter ("Les Miserables") and Dominic West ("The Hour") will tackle the titular roles, as the actors fought through their relationship strife backstage to play star-crossed lovers on stage. The period where the former lovers reunited professionally was a media circus filled with rumors of a possible reconciliation.

Bonham-Carter said of the role, "Elizabeth was fifty-one , still every inch a star, still beautiful and they still needed each other but this was professional. They were doing Noel Coward’s 'Private Lives' on stage playing a couple who used to be married. People wondered if they were still in love and whether they’d be playing themselves or their characters in the play."

The actress acknowledges that the resemblance between herself and Taylor is not what it could be, but does not see that holding her back in the role. "I look nothing like [Taylor] for a start but it’s about capturing the essence of them at a particular time. She was and continues to be a fascinating woman and she was a huge star. There’s no one comparable around now," she said.

No word on how many liquor bottles will be lazily thrown in the film.

- Liz & Dick
- Helena Bonham-Carter
- Dominic West
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Lindsay Lohan

Written by: kyleiam
Feb 12th, 2013, 8:33 am

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