Rachel Weisz Will Star as Elizabeth Taylor in Biopic A Special Relationship
Any movie about Elizabeth Taylor would be a treat, but the upcoming A Special Relationship promises something more than the average Hollywood biopic. Rather than focus on Taylor's life as an actress, this film will illuminate her late-career turn to AIDS activism—a path that would eventually see her go "toe to toe with the leader of the free world" to further the cause, the movie's producers note.
Here's what we know about A Special Relationship.
RACHEL WEISZ IS SET TO STAR.
On the heels of her award-winning role in The Favourite, Weisz has signed on to play the iconic actress.
THE "SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP" IN THE TITLE REFERS TO TAYLOR'S FRIENDSHIP WITH HER ASSISTANT, ROGER WALL.
The script, written by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy, shows how Wall inspired Taylor to get involved in AIDS activism. She hired Wall, a gay man who'd been raised in the homophobic South, in the mid-80s, and was soon moved to join in the fight.
Beaufoy's writing was informed by interviews with those who knew Taylor, and the results offer a "never-before-seen portrait of the real woman behind the violet eyes," the filmmakers told the Hollywood Reporter.
"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," producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said in a statement. "A Special Relationship is a celebration of how friendships can change people’s lives, and how Elizabeth helped change the world."
FEMALE FILMMAKING DUO BERT & BERTIE WILL HELM THE FILM.
After making waves with their film Troop Zero at Sundance, the two-woman team is set to direct A Special Relationship.
"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," the producers said.
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