When we first heard about Lifetime’s decision to cast Lindsay Lohan as silver screen icon Elizabeth Taylor in the TV biopic Liz & Dick, we wondered if it might just be a PR stunt. But the deal was firmed up over the spring, and now shooting is actually underway. The first official image has now hit the web, along with a handful of snapshots from the set. So how does she fare? Well, see for yourself after the jump.

Here’s the Lifetime-issued publicity still of Lohan and Grant Bowler (True Blood) doing their best impression of Taylor and Richard Burton. It’s not half bad, actually.

For comparison, here’s the original photo they’re imitating (via Tom & Lorenzo):

But Lohan looking like Taylor with eyes closed, in profile, for the brief moment it takes to snap a meticulously arranged still, is one thing. Actually channeling that energy long enough to give a successful movie performance is another, and the illusion is somewhat less successful in the more candid set photos.

[via Pajiba, Celebuzz]

This doesn’t look like Taylor; it looks like Lohan in cute period clothing and a dark wig. In fairness, it’s not all Lohan’s fault. She just doesn’t really resemble Taylor to begin with, and makeup can only go so far. We’ll get a better sense of how she successfully she actually inhabits the role when we get some video.

It’s been a long, long time since Lohan’s had a successful movie, but I happened to catch Mean Girls on TV the other day and was reminded of how talented she once was. Skeptical as I am about this casting choice, I’d love to see Lohan mount a successful comeback and finally make good on the promise she showed in her early career. Liz & Dick will air on Lifetime November 3.

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