Does Martin Scorsese have time for Liz and Dick?

Jun 3, 2011
Sophie Taylor

Director is set to make a Taylor and Burton biopic, but he has three other movies in the pipeline

News from Hollywood that Martin Scorsese is to make a film of the tempestuous relationship - which included two marriages - between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton has been greeted with considerable speculation, mainly regarding the casting of Liz and Dick.

On film discussion forums, the favourites to play Liz Taylor are Catherine Zeta-Jones or Angelina Jolie, despite the latter reportedly saying "no one could play Liz Taylor but herself" at the time of the actress's death in March.

There are votes too for Lindsay Lohan who does, in a certain light, bear a passing resemblance to the star of Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

As for the casting of Richard Burton, the most popular contender is Russell Crowe, with Daniel Craig a back-up and, because he's been in so many of Scorsese's recent films, Leonardo DiCaprio. As one commenter on Deadline, the site that broke the news of the project, put it: "I think the important question here is how does Leo feel about playing Richard Burton?"

But the big question being raised is - when on earth is the 68-year-old Scorsese supposed to make this film? He is already due to be delivering a slew of other projects, some of which have yet to be started.

They include The Irishman, a much-anticipated mob movie starring old favourites Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; Silence with Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro as two 17th century Jesuit priests, and another yet-to-be cast Hollywood biopic, Sinatra.

Paramount may have optioned the Taylor-Burton biopgraphy Furious Love, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, with Scorsese in mind, but there's little doubt his fans would prefer to see any one of these other films first.

As one commenter put it: "There are millions of programmes or TV movies about that couple. Just leave it there."

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