Elizabeth Taylor to be played by Serinda Swan in upcoming movie about real-life Korean War heroes
Elizabeth Taylor will be played by Ballers actress Serinda Swan in the upcoming Korean War movie Devotion.
The film is about two real-life U.S. Navy fighter pilots whose story became famous after the Battle Of Chosin Reservoir in 1950.
Serinda, 36, will appear as Elizabeth during a sequence in Cannes where the two lead characters Tom ‘Lou’ Hudner and Jesse Brown will be shown on leave.
Spot the resemblance: Elizabeth Taylor (pictured left in 1948) will be played by Ballers actress Serinda Swan (pictured right in 2010) in the upcoming Korean War movie Devotion
‘Feeling incredibly honored to be joining such an amazing cast and crew for @devotion and to be bringing Elizabeth Taylor to the screen ( I know there are some children that follow me so I cannot express how I truly feel but…. i mean you get it),’ Serinda gushed on Instagram as the news broke.
Referring to director J.D. Dillard she wrote: ‘JD I cannot wait to work with you again my friend, thank your for the trust and opportunity:).’
J.D. directed Serinda in an episode of the new The Twilight Zone revival called Downtime which aired last year.
Just four years ago Serinda could be seen on TV screens playing Elizabeth’s fellow screen icon Ann Bancroft on the Ryan Murphy show Feud – Bette And Joan.
Throwback: Elizabeth is pictured attending the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London in 1948 two years before the movie Devotion is set
Side by side: Elizabeth is pictured in 1946 (left) and Serinda is pictured in 2017 (right)
Black and white: Serinda gushed on Instagram that she is ‘Feeling incredibly honored’ by her casting; she is pictured on social media last August
Devotion stars Glen Powell as Lou Hudner and Jonathan Majors as his wingman and pal Jesse Brown while they served as fighter pilots during the Korean War.
During the Battle Of Chosin Reservoir Jesse was shot down by the Chinese – prompting Lou to crash-land his own plane to try and save him.
Jesse died in the wreckage of his plane in spite of his friend’s attempts but Lou was still awarded the Medal Of Honor for his bravery in the battle.
Because Jesse was black he also dealt with racial discrimination in the U.S. Navy which was still segregated when he began to serve.
Heroics: Devotion stars Jonathan Majors (left) as U.S. Navy fighter pilot Jesse Brown (right) who was killed in the Korean War in 1950
Dashing: The sizzling Glen Powell who is pictured in February 2020 will be playing Jesse’s friend and fellow fighter pilot Tom ‘Lou’ Hudner
Salute: Lou Hudner won a Medal Of Honor for trying to save Jesse from the wreckage of his plane which was shot down by the Chinese; he is pictured in 2012
Devotion also features Joe Jonas, who is married to Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner, and the dashing Thomas Sadoski, who is married to Amanda Seyfried.
There was no Cannes Film Festival in 1950 as the event was strapped for cash and had to cancel so it is unknown in what context Elizabeth will be shown there.
However the city in the South Of France became a memorable part of Elizabeth’s notoriously tempestuous love life during the 1960s.
Glamour then and now: Elizabeth is pictured in a 1950 publicity shot (left) while Serinda is seen posing up at the Summer TCA Tour in 2017 (right)
She and Richard Burton carried on a torrid affair at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, the starriest digs in town known for its sumptuous accommodations.
When the affair started Elizabeth was married to Eddie Fisher, whom she stole from his first wife Debbie Reynolds, and Richard was with his first wife Sybil Williams.
After ‘Liz and Dick’ split up from their spouses and started the first of their two failed marriages to each other, they returned to the Hotel Du Cap for their honeymoon.
Much later: In 1964 Elizabeth and Richard Burton honeymooned at Cannes, the previous site of their torrid affair; they are pictured boarding a plane in Montreal after their wedding