Move over Lindsay Lohan, there’s a new Elizabeth Taylor in town. BBC America today released the first pic of Helena Bonham Carter as the Oscar-winning actress alongside two-time husband Richard Burton as played by Dominic West. Unlike last year’s Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, where Lohan co-starred with Grant Bowler’s Burton, all the drama in Burton And Taylor seems to be on screen as the film traces the divorced pair’s onstage reunion in a 1983 revival of the Noel Coward play, Private Lives. It ran for just 63 performances on Broadway.
The BBC Drama Productions project will be co-produced by BBC America for its Dramaville block. In the UK, it will air on BBC Four, though no date is yet set. BBC Worldwide is distributing internationally. Jessica Pope exec produces and Lachlan McKinnon is producer with Richard Laxton directing from a screenplay by Made In Dagenham‘s William Ivory.