UPDATE: We've seen stills of Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and debated about whether the actress can play the legendary star - but today, we get a first look at the official poster for the upcoming Lifetime movie Liz & Dick. The 26-year-old looks more Liz-like than ever wearing bright red lipstick, Liz's signature diamonds and a clevage-bearing black dress in the shot. But what's caught our attention are the words blazoned behind LiLo. Controversial love affairs? Scandal? Child star? Maybe Lindsay really is the girl for the job...
It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for Lindsay Lohan. First she was accused of being involved in a jewellery heist at a Hollywood home. Then this week, she has been banned from Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont hotel after failing to pay a $46,000 bill.
Now new pictures have emerged of her playing Liz Taylor in the biopic Liz and Dick – about the late actresses’ tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton. And the reaction has been kind of mixed.
We’ve seen pictures of Lindsay on-set before – but these are the first official stills from the film. To be fair, we think the shot of Lindsay playing Liz on her wedding day to Richard Burton – in a pretty lemon dress and with flowers in her hair – is pretty darn convincing. Not everyone agrees though. ‘Did Liz use that much spray tan?’ wrote one online commentator.
We also think she does a pretty good job of pulling off Liz as Cleopatra – the film where the actress first fell for Burton.
But as for the shot of Lindsay as 80s era Liz, en route to Burton’s funeral…let’s just say the words Joan and Collins, or possibly Liza and Minnelli, spring to mind. It does actually make us want to see the film...if only to see Lindsay play a 52-year old.
Dynasty jokes aside though, we’re hoping Lindsay actually pulls this off. She’s long due a comeback, and if anyone is right to play an actress who was always embroiled in scandal and drama, then it’s her.
The film has already been beset with drama – with Lindsay being hospitalised midway through filming because of a car crash, and days later being found unconscious in her hotel room suffering from exhaustion. The movie is due to air on US channel Lifetime in November – let’s hope all it was all worth it.
By Clare Thorp