Rachel Weisz cast as Elizabeth Taylor in new film

It was announced Monday that the forty-nine-year-old Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz has been cast as Elizabeth Taylor in female directing team Bert & Bertie’s upcoming biopic, A Special Relationship, according to People. The film will explore the three-time Oscar winner’s HIV/AIDS activism, which began in the 1980s after she hired a gay man from the South named Roger Wall to be her personal assistant, and took her as far as lobbying for the cause in Washington, D.C., in 1986. Simon Beaufoy, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (2008), studied hours of interviews and conversations before writing the script, and See-Saw Films as well as trustees of the Elizabeth Taylor Estate/House of Taylor Trust are set to produce.