Guess Helena Bonham Carter isn't taking a break from acting after all. She and Dominic West have been cast as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a TV movie for the BBC.
These roles were, of course, most recently filled by Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler for Lifetime's supremely ridiculous Liz & Dick. It was supposed to be Lohan's comeback—or something—but it ended up being more funny than anything else.
Burton and Taylor were both British-born (Taylor's parents were Americans living near London), like Carter and West. Instead of trying to cover decades of the their tumultuous relationship, Burton & Taylor takes place during their 1983 revival of Private Lives, a Noel Coward play that ran for 63 performances on Broadway.
West recently starred on The Hour, a Mad Men-type BBC drama about a 1950s news program. You probably know him better as Detective Jimmy McNulty on The Wire—and if you don't, get on that. Now.
No word on an airdate yet, but hopefully we'll get a chance to see it stateside.
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