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Lindsay Lohan is now officially going to debut on stage in a West End production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. But she's only the most recent performer to be stunt cast into this Hollywood-set play. 

Of course, casting Lohan in a theatrical production where she is regularly required to show up for an 8 p.m. curtain, seems like something of a fool's endeavor, but more power to director Lindsay Posner. On the other hand, this play in particular is no stranger to flashy casting choices, and backstage drama. 

The role Lohan is going to be occupying was originally played by Madonna, at the height of her celebrity in her post-Desperately Seeking Susan acting phase. Elizabeth Perkins was originally supposed to play the part of the office temp, the only female role in the play, but she ultimately withdrew. (Funnily enough, Perkins is an actress who more recalls the most recent woman to take on the part: Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss.) 

Madonna received mixed reviews—a New York Daily News headline read "No, She Can't Act"—but her appearance made the play a point of interest. 

More recently, Speed-the-Plow attracted tabloid attention thanks to the antics of one of its leading men. Jeremy Piven seemed like a perfect—if not too on the nose—choice to play one of the plays Hollywood producers, after his turn as Ari Gold on HBO's Entourage. But, despite getting good reviews, Piven's off-stage behavior overshadowed the play when he had to leave the production early because of mercury poisoning. The incident became known as "sushi-gate" because of the rumors that Piven had gotten sick after overeating sushi, something which he denied. An arbitrator ruled in 2009 that Piven did not actually violate his contract. Norbert Leo Butz and William H. Macy ended up playing the role in his stead.  

Could LiLo's turn in the play possibly turn out as dramatic as Piven's? Of course it can. This is Lindsay Lohan we're talking about. 

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