Oh my gosh, not really. Lindsay Lohan will never be on Elizabeth Taylor’s level. No, what I mean is that Ol’ Flop Lip up there has officially landed the role of Elizabeth Taylor in that Lifetime movie.
You can read Lifetime’s press release about the movie over at Deadline, but here’s my favorite part:
“We are thrilled Lindsay will portray beloved Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor,” added Sharenow. “She is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon.”
So take that, naysayers. Lindsay is so much more than the little girl from Parent Trap. She is beauty. She is intrigue. She’s the most talented actress of our generation, in fact, of any generation. She’s such a delightful, glorious star that the executive producer of the movie literally cried while discussing hiring Lindsay:
“We have wanted Lindsay from day one,” Thompson tells E! News in an exclusive interview. “She had a lot in her life that was going on. We needed to give her time to take care of her business, and while we negotiated the deal for her we prayed for her—and wonderfully she has behaved. She’s cleared herself and we’re ready to start this movie.”
What a relief (no doubt LiLo’s thrilled). But while Lindsay has cleared her legal slate, she’s far from perfect in the public eye, so we have to wonder why, exactly, Thompson felt he could trust the notorious starlet:
“We truly feel that Lindsay Lohan is perfect for Elizabeth Taylor for our movie….I think Lindsay—who is very gifted—deserved another chance,” Thompson explained. “We never, of three pages of ‘what if’s’ in the negotiation, there never was ‘what if she can’t act.’ We know she can act.”
“We could hire actresses that would be great and people would watch it, but I think that Lindsay brings to Elizabeth Taylor and to our project that sparkle of magic, that sparkle of today,” Thompson reveals while tearing up and recounting the emotional rollercoaster of casting the less-than-perfect LiLo.
“She is today what Elizabeth Taylor was in her life during the time that our movie will cover. I think, while there are a lot of people who know Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Lindsay will bring a young audience to our movie who might not otherwise know who they are.”
The movie starts filming in June and will air in October, but we’ve got oodles of times to prepare for that. I want to focus on this little gem that hit us out of nowhere: “‘I think that Lindsay brings to Elizabeth Taylor and to our project that sparkle of magic, that sparkle of today,’ Thompson reveals while tearing up.” Isn’t that one of the most fabulous lines you’ve ever heard?