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Some iconic shoes fill: Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is cast as Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic that focuses on the latter's work on behalf of those suffering from HIV / AIDS; shown here at the British Academy Film Awards in London in February

Well before the start of the 24-hour news cycle, there was a Hollywood star who forced so much attention and gossip that she could be considered ahead of her time.

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And Elizabeth Taylor, the wife of seven different men and three times Academy Award-winning actress from Who & # 39; s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and Cleopatra, took on a totally different role later in life that was also extremely remarkable: tireless humanitarian aid and advocate for those affected with HIV and AIDS.

Now another Oscar winner has been cast to portray Liz in a new film documenting her activism around awareness and prevention of the disease at a time when many in the public sphere still kept a clear distance.

Rachel Weisz, 49, will portray the late movie star in the upcoming biopic A Special Relationship, Variety reports.

Some iconic shoes fill: Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is cast as Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic that focuses on the latter's work on behalf of those suffering from HIV / AIDS; shown here at the British Academy Film Awards in London in February

Some iconic shoes fill: Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is cast as Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic that focuses on the latter's work on behalf of those suffering from HIV / AIDS; shown here at the British Academy Film Awards in London in February

The film will focus on Taylor & # 39; s work that advocates HIV / AIDS awareness and is based on hours of interviews and conversations with people who knew her well.

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It will also emphasize her close friendship with personal assistant Roger Wall, a southern gay man.

While Taylor died in 2011, she started her work on the cause as early as 1985, after her friend and costar Rock Hudson succumbed to the disease.

Legend: Elizabeth Taylor, triple Academy Award-winning actress, played a completely different role later in life that was also notable: tireless advocate of humanitarian aid and AIDS; shown here in 1994 at a press conference for the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation

Legend: Elizabeth Taylor, triple Academy Award-winning actress, played a completely different role later in life that was also notable: tireless advocate of humanitarian aid and AIDS; shown here in 1994 at a press conference for the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation

Legend: Elizabeth Taylor, triple Academy Award-winning actress, played a completely different role later in life that was also notable: tireless advocate of humanitarian aid and AIDS; shown here in 1994 at a press conference for the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation

Liz & # 39; s charity work on AIDS research and awareness grew rapidly in strength and breadth: in 1985 she helped amFAR, the AIDS Research Foundation, which is one of the leading organizations dedicated to today eradicating the disease.

She also founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991 to further develop her efforts to focus on care and education about AIDS prevention.

Taylor received her third Oscar in 1993, which was presented in the form of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which was recognized for her charity work for AIDS.

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& # 39; The audience is clearly fascinated by the private life of iconic Hollywood stars, & # 39; said a special relationship producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman in a statement.

Ladies in red: the raven-haired Weisz, who was born in London just like Liz, landed the certainly coveted role

& # 39; No one is more iconic than Elizabeth Taylor, and Simon Beaufoy [Oscar-winning author of Slumdog Millionaire] has written a role that sheds light on Elizabeth & # 39; s humor and humanity, which will be beautifully brought to life by the extraordinary talents of Rachel Weisz. & # 39;

However, Rachel will not be the first actress to portray the violet-eyed star of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

In 2012, Lindsay Lohan took on the role in a Lifetime TV movie called Liz & Dick.

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In addition to a special relationship, Weisz is also working on another controversial project: Black Widow, a Marvel prequel film that investigates the origins of the character of the same name by Scarlett Johansson, also known as Natasha Romanoff.

Activist: While Taylor died in 2011, she started her cause work as early as 1985, after her friend and costar Rock Hudson succumbed to the disease; seen here at the Cannes 2002 - amfAR & # 39; s Cinema Against AIDS Gala

Activist: While Taylor died in 2011, she started her cause work as early as 1985, after her friend and costar Rock Hudson succumbed to the disease; seen here at the Cannes 2002 - amfAR & # 39; s Cinema Against AIDS Gala

Activist: While Taylor died in 2011, she started her cause work as early as 1985, after her friend and costar Rock Hudson succumbed to the disease; seen here at the Cannes 2002 – amfAR & # 39; s Cinema Against AIDS Gala

Celebrated actress in her own right: Weisz received her own Oscar, for best supporting actor, in 2006 for The Constant Gardener, and was nominated earlier this year for the same trophy for The Favorite

Celebrated actress in her own right: Weisz received her own Oscar, for best supporting actor, in 2006 for The Constant Gardener, and was nominated earlier this year for the same trophy for The Favorite

Celebrated actress in her own right: Weisz received her own Oscar, for best supporting actor, in 2006 for The Constant Gardener, and was nominated earlier this year for the same trophy for The Favorite

Not the first time: in 2012, Lindsay Lohan took on the role of Taylor in a Lifetime TV movie called Liz & Dick
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Not the first time: in 2012, Lindsay Lohan took on the role of Taylor in a Lifetime TV movie called Liz & Dick

Not the first time: in 2012, Lindsay Lohan took on the role of Taylor in a Lifetime TV movie called Liz & Dick

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