Bowler the new Bur­ton

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Bowler (pic­tured) has re­port­edly been cast op­po­site Lind­say Lo­han in a TV biopic Liz & Dick. The New Zealand­born, Bris­banereared ac­tor will play Richard Bur­ton to Lo­han’s El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, en­ter­tain­ment news web­site Dead­ re­ports. The biopic for US cable net­work Life­time looks at the en­dur­ing love story of the two act­ing greats. The movie’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Larry A. Thompson, au­di­tioned many ac­tors for the role. ‘‘Grant will add grav­i­tas to our cou­ple and bring to life one of the great­est ac­tors who has ever lived,’’ he says. Bowler was cast af­ter he read with Lo­han. ‘‘The chem­istry erupted in the room,’’ says Thompson, who de­scribes Tay­lor and Bur­ton as ‘‘the first Hol­ly­wood royal cou­ple, the first Brangelina’’. ‘‘Bur­ton was a Welsh poet, a ras­cal, and a man’s man, who swept El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor off her feet and flew her so close to the sun that they both ex­ploded into star­dust that still lights up Hol­ly­wood,’’ he says. Bowler, 43, is 18 years older than Lo­han. There was a seven-year age gap be­tween Bur­ton and Tay­lor who mar­ried each other twice. They costarred in Cleopa­tra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Tam­ing of the Shrew. Bowler hosts Aus­tralian TV se­ries The Amaz­ing Race. His CV in­cludes Aus­tralian TV se­ries Blue Heel­ers, Stingers, McLeod’s Daugh­ters and All Saints.

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