“Liz & Dick,” the Lifetime movie starring Lindsay Lohan as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, is about to get rolling.
“They start shooting on Friday,” Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks, told Access Hollywood correspondent Jill Martin on Wednesday at the network’s Upfronts in New York City.
When asked about the report that the network was forced to take out additional insurance on the production, because of the starlet, Dubuc said there were some extra issues they “had to manage.”
“There are logistics around her situation that we had to manage, but we did it in the spirit of trust and a partnership and we did it hand-in-hand,” Dubuc told Martin. “And we stood by her every step of the way, and we will all the way to air.”
Dubuc said Lifetime was moved by Lohan and her words helped convince them to put her in the project, about the relationship between Taylor and Richard Burton.
“What she said just embodied the story of ‘Liz & Dick,’ and really you could see in her heart and in her mind that she wanted this and that she wanted a chance to do it,” Dubuc said. “Obviously, audiences love her and… she’s clearly going to drive a lot of viewers to this movie and so, of course, we want to be able to give her that platform and we’re thrilled that we can.”
The Lifetime boss said she feels the story will be particularly relevant for Lohan, whom she said shares similar experiences with the late great Taylor.
“I think the parallels between Liz Taylor’s story and Lindsay’s story are undeniable. The creation of the paparazzi really came from the beginnings of the relationship with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton and clearly Lindsay has had to endure her own challenges when it comes to that and the attentions that she garners,” Dubuc said. “But I think that this role will be a really interesting journey for her and hopefully one that the audience will embrace wholeheartedly.”