By Adam B. Vary
Updated April 23, 2012 at 08:04 PM EDT
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LINDSAY LOHAN
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In her first major leading role since the 2009 ABC Family movie Labor Pains, Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play the late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, the network announced today.

Chronicling Taylor’s tumultuous romance with actor Richard Burton, the TV movie will be penned by Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin), and executive produced by Larry A. Thompson (Lucy & Desi). No director has been announced, but the film is scheduled to begin shooting in June.

“I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor,” Lohan said in a statement. “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.”

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