Lindsay Lohan stuns everyone with Liz Taylor transformation

First shot released of Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick biopic

LAST UPDATED AT 13:45 ON Thu 7 Jun 2012

LINDSAY LOHAN'S likeness to Elizabeth Taylor reportedly provoked an "audible gasp" when the actress stepped on set for the filming of Liz & Dick an 80-minute made-for-TV movie about the 1950s Hollywood starlet and her tempestuous marriages to Richard Burton.

Now a publicity shot of Lohan as Taylor, wearing a bright red dress and draped with a fur stole, has been released by film makers Lifetime Entertainment.

"You'd swear it was Elizabeth," said costume designer Salvador Pérez,  comparing Lohan to the woman once considered the most beautiful in the world.

Producer Larry Thompson puts the 25-year-old's transformation into Taylor down to the "magic" of a good wardrobe and a 23-inch waist - only one inch fuller than the great actress's at the same age.

If successful, Liz & Dick will be Lohan's first hit lead role - albeit on the lesser medium of TV - since Mean Girls in 2004 and could help to silence her critics.

The troubled star has been blighted with court orders, jail and rehab since 2007. In 2010, she was released from the Linda Lovelace biopic Deep Throat – now played by Amanda Seyfried - as well as being regularly taken to task in the media for her partying.

However, according to gossip site RadarOnline, the actress has already caused trouble for producers, with reports circulating in May that Lohan had refused to accept casting choices for Burton.

She believed Matthew Settle from Gossip Girl was "too old", and dismissed CSI actor Craig Robert Young, asking for an A-lister co-star. The problem in attracting a high profile male lead was that Lohan's salary left a comparatively small $200,000 budget for Burton's part. In the end, True Blood's Grant Bowler was cast in the role. · 

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Big insult for this person to try to portray a great actress and true beauty like Taylor. At the end of the day, Lohan is a spread in a men's magazine.

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