Rachel Weisz will portray Elizabeth Taylor in new film
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Rachel Weisz will portray Elizabeth Taylor in new film

British-American actor will star in 'A Special Relationship' detailing the legendary icon's journey from Hollywood star to activist

Rachel Weisz with her Best Actress in a Supporting Role Bafta for The Favourite. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Rachel Weisz with her Best Actress in a Supporting Role Bafta for The Favourite. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Jewish actress Rachel Weisz has been tapped to play Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in a new film.

“A Special Relationship” chronicles Taylor’s personal journey from Hollywood actress to activist through the lens of her friendship with her Roger Wall, a gay man who grew up in poverty in the Deep South, Deadline Hollywood reported.

Taylor, who was married eight times to seven men, had two Jewish husbands and converted to Judaism in 1959. She became an active supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. A social activist, Taylor became one of the first major celebrities to publicly join the fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.

Weisz, like Taylor, is British American.

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