Lifetime has referred to Lohan, 25, who starred in "Mean Girls" and "The Parent Trap" and who is off probation, as "perfect" for the part. In an interview with E! News, producer Larry Thompson said, "We could hire actresses that would be great and people would watch it, but I think that Lindsay brings to Elizabeth Taylor and to our project that sparkle of magic, that sparkle of today."
While the silver-screen legend and the fallen actress may seem to have little in common at first glance, a closer look shows Lohan could have what it takes. First, when she rocks black hair, Lohan bears a striking resemblance to Taylor. In fact, Lohan's profile on Twitter has changed to a photo that appears to show the star channeling the raven-haired beauty; she could be Taylor's twin. (See how she compares to the glamorous Taylor, pictured above in the 1959 movie “Suddenly Last Summer.”)
Along with sharing good looks, both stars wrestled with addiction in the past, with each of them spending time at the Betty Ford Center.
In a statement to Us Weekly, Lohan said, "I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor. She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honored to have been asked to play this role."
Lohan is also set to appear in the May 15 episode of "Glee" as herself.