Helena Bonham Carter to play Elizabeth Taylor in new BBC movie

Actress Elizabeth Taylor poses in a film still, circa 1960. Right: Helena Bonham Carter attends the 56th BFI London Film Festival Oct. 21, 2012, in London. Getty

Another actress is set to play Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in another made-for-TV move.

Britain's BBC has announced plans to make a new TV movie about the star's troubled relationship with Richard Burton, with Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter playing the role of Taylor. British actor Dominc West, known for his role as as Detective Jimmy McNulty on the HBO series "The Wire," has been cast as Burton.

BBC Controller of Drama Ben Stephenson announced plans for the project during a media event Monday.

The TV movie, tentatively titled "Burton and Taylor," will depict the "volatile ex-lovers in the story of their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward's stage play, 'Private Lives,'" according to a press release.

Burton and Taylor first met on the set of 1963's "Cleopatra" and were known for their at-times rocky union. They married for the first time in 1964 before getting divorced in 1974. Burton and Taylor then reconciled and remarried the following year only to get divorced again in 1976.

Lindsay Lohan also played Taylor in last year's Lifetime TV movie "Liz and Dick," which was not well-received by critics.

Tell us: Do you look forward to seeing "Burton and Taylor"?

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