BBC America has unveiled the first image from the upcoming biopic Burton and Taylor, giving us a look at Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West (The Wire, John Carter) as tumultuous lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. While we just recently saw another TV movie iteration of the Taylor/Burton love affair, one imagines BBC America’s version will be considerably more prestigious than Lifetime’s Liz & Dick with Lindsay Lohan. The focus of Burton and Taylor follows the titular actors’ “private and public relationship played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play, Private Lives.”
Hit the jump to check out the image and to read the official synopsis. Burton and Taylor premieres this fall on BBC America.
Here’s the official synopsis for Burton and Taylor:
Burton and Taylor stars Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) and Helena Bonham Carter (Lone Ranger, The King’s Speech) as Hollywood’s most famous volatile on-again-off-again lovers, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The 90-minute drama follows their private and public relationship played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play, Private Lives. Burton and Taylor is one of the most fascinating, glamorous and tempestuous relationships of the 20th century – the two most famous movie stars of their day who played out every high and low of their love affairs, multiple marriages and divorces right in the public eye. Burton and Taylor premieres this fall on BBC AMERICA.