Lohan’s Liz Taylor gets her Richard Burton

2012-05-26 11:06

Los Angeles – Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor has her Richard Burton.

The True Blood and Ugly Betty actor Grant Bowler has signed on to Liz & Dick, Lifetime’s movie about the couple’s tempestuous relationship.

New Zealand native Bowler is best known to TV viewers as werewolf Cooter on True Blood, as well as the love interest of Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina on Ugly Betty. He recently guest-starred on the ABC primetime soap GCB.

“We had seen (Bowler) on tape and liked him, but wanted to confirm the chemistry between the two,” Liz & Dick producer Larry Thompson told E! News.

“But this morning we had Lindsay and Grant come into a room at Lifetime and the chemistry exploded. It was just Fourth of July firecrackers going off in the room. We knew from the chemistry that Liz and Dick live again.”

“Chemistry means movie magic for sex,” Thompson said. “This movie will definitely have as much sex as Lifetime will allow.”

Burton was Taylor’s fifth – and sixth – husband.

The couple began an affair while filming Cleopatra (and while married to other people) and married for the first time in March 1964.

They divorced in June 1974, re-married in October 1975 and divorced again in July 1976.

Liz & Dick is scheduled to begin filming on June 4 for a possible fall premiere. 

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