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Producer Larry Thompson isn't worried that his Liz and Dick leading lady has a scandalous reputation.
After months of speculation, Lindsay Lohan signed on the dotted line to play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime movie about the Hollywood legend's 10-year relationship with Richard Burton. And in an interview with E! News, Thompson says he's confident the 25-year-old actress will rise to the occasion and nail the high-profile part.
"She has a noble purpose," Thompson told E! "It's not like she's going to do a little job -- the responsibility of playing Elizabeth Taylor is large."
Plus, it's not like Thompson doesn't have protection against his risky choice in stars. "Lindsay Lohan may be the most insured actress that ever walked on a sound stage," Thompson explained.
Certain actors known for being unreliable or in trouble with the law require producers to secure extra insurance just in case the project fails due to the star. And because Lohan hasn't had a film role since 2009's Labor Pains, her casting required even more insurance.
The role of Elizabeth Taylor is certainly a big break for Lohan -- but not everyone thinks she's the ideal choice to play the Hollywood icon.
Rosie O'Donnell told the Today show she thought Lifetime's decision was off base.
"The last thing [Lindsay Lohan] did good, she was 16," O'Donnell ranted. "I don't think she's right [to play Elizabeth Taylor] and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed."
Lohan responded with confidence in her acting skills.
"I don't think I need to tell (Rosie) anything," Lohan told E! News at an event Tuesday night. "I know that I'm great. I know that I know Liz Taylor very well, and I share the same makeup artist and the same hair stylist. We've worked with a lot of the same people."