Lindsay Lohan to play Liz Taylor in Lifetime film

In this April 12, 2011 file photo, actress Lindsay Lohan poses during a news conference for the film 'Gotti: Three Generations', based on the life of John Gotti, in New York.

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In this April 12, 2011 file photo, actress Lindsay Lohan poses during a news conference for the film "Gotti: Three Generations", based on the life of John Gotti, in New York.

NEW YORK — 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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