class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-30449″ title=”elizabeth taylor richard burton” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />It has been reported that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angelina Jolie are in contention to star as Elizabeth Taylor in a mooted biopic based on Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s book Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century.

Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, and Clive Owen have been mentioned by ETonline as candidates to play Richard Burton, with Mike Nichols named as an interested potential director.

Of the possible Burton contenders, only Crowe strikes me as having both the appropriate sort of craggy physicality and acting chops to create a believable Burton, and Angelina Jolie has the chops but possesses an entirely different kind of beauty (I could see her as Ava Gardner should anyone ever venture to film that actress’ rather sad and tortured life). Zeta-Jones is closer physically to Taylor but I remain unconvinced about her abilities to transform into and flesh out an icon like Taylor.

I wonder who they might get to play Montgomery Clift?