Rachel Weisz is set to play Elizabeth Taylor in See-Saw Films’ A Special Relationship, directed by buzzy duo Bert&Bertie and written by Simon Beaufoy.
The film charts the Hollywood legend’s move from actress to activist in the fight against AIDS through her friendship with assistant Roger Way.
A Special Relationship is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. See-Saw COO of film Simon Gillis and former Studiocanal UK head Danny Perkins are executive producing along with Barbara Berkowitz, Tim Mendelson and Quinn Tivey from the Elizabeth Taylor Estate/House of Taylor Trust.
See-Saw’s in-house sales arm Cross City Films will launch sales on the film at this year’s AFM.
Beaufoy, an Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire, used hours of interviews with people who knew the real Elizabeth Taylor for his script.
Bert&Bertie are a female writing-directing duo whose latest film, Troop Zero starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney, closed this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Further upcoming See-Saw projects include Francis Lee’s Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog with Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst; and John Madden’s Operation Mincemeat starring Colin Firth.