Grant Bowler to Play Richard Burton Opposite Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor in TV Movie
True Blood alum Grant Bowler has been cast as legendary actor Richard Burton in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, Deadline reports.
Liz & Dick will follow the roller-coaster relationship between Taylor and Burton, who were married and divorced twice and were considered the "Bennifer" or "Brangelina" of their day because of the intense media coverage surrounding their courtship.
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Bowler's casting comes less than two weeks before production is set to begin on June 4. "Grant will add gravitas to our couple and bring to life one of the greatest actors who has ever lived," the film's executive producer Larry A. Thompson told the site. "Burton was a Welsh poet, a rascal, and a man's man, who swept Elizabeth Taylor off her feet and flew her so close to the sun that they both exploded into stardust that still lights up Hollywood."
Thompson also said Bowler's casting was a no-brainer after the actor did a reading with Lohan. "The chemistry erupted in the room," he said.
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In real life, Bowler and Lohan are a notable 18 years apart in age. Burton and Taylor only had a seven-year difference in age.
Bowler, who is also known for his role on Ugly Betty, will next star in the Syfy series, Defiance.
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