Rachel Weisz Set To Play Elizabeth Taylor In New AIDS Activism Biopic
Rachel Weisz is stepping into some pretty legendary shoes for her next role on the big screen. The Oscar-winning actress will be portraying former performer and activist, Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming biopic.
Rachel Weisz has had many phenomenal roles throughout her career in Hollywood, however this might be the most iconic role she will have played so far. Weisz will step into the role of former legendary performer and activist Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic about her AIDS activism titled, A Special Relationship. The movie will follow Taylor's "activism throughout the 1980s after she hired a new personal assistant, a gay man named Roger Wall, who grew up in poverty in a homophobic region of the Deep South before becoming one of Taylor's closest friends," according to EW.
The film's script was written by Slumdog Millionaire writer, Simon Beaufoy after he collected hours of interviews and conversations with those that were closest to Elizabeth Taylor before her death in 2011.
Elizabeth Taylor Biopic: A Special Relationship
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Canning and Sherman said, "There is no one more iconic than Elizabeth Taylor, and Simon Beaufoy has written a role that shines a light on Elizabeth’s humor and humanity which will be beautifully brought to life through the extraordinary talents of Rachel Weisz. At its heart, A Special Relationship is a story of friendship and what better way of guaranteeing that translates to the screen than trusting the directing talents of real-life best friends and creative collaborators Bert & Bertie. [...] A Special Relationship is a celebration of how friendships can change people’s lives, and how Elizabeth helped change the world."
As of right now, a release date and further casting details have not yet been revealed. However, the film is expected to be sold at the American Film Market in November. Stay tuned for more...