A star-driven television movie about a famously tumultuous time in the relationship of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? If it sounds like a flashback to last year’s Lindsay Lohan-led biopic Liz & Dick, it’s not—it’s the just-announced BBC movie Burton & Taylor, which will star Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as the infamous acting couple who overpowered Hollywood's gossip scene for decades.
Deadline reports that West (My Fair Lady) and Bonham Carter (Les Miserables) will star as the legendary lovers in a TV movie that will air on BBC Four, with direction by Richard Laxton and a script by William Ivory. Burton & Taylor is a 90-minute film that follows the duo’s doomed stint on Broadway in 1983 in Noel Coward’s Private Lives, a revival that ran for just under three months.
Of course, audiences are still stinging from the 2012 axe-wound that was Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler’s Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, which was as much of a trainwreck as can exist without the involvement of an actual train. Will Bonham Carter and West fare better as the starry lovers? Are you kidding?!