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Sharon Stone to play a prosecutor on 'Law & Order: SVU'

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has landed a high-profile guest star to spice up its 11th season. Sharon Stone is joining the NBC drama for four episodes, playing a prosecutor who used to be a police officer, the network announced today. Stone has not yet begun shooting the episodes, which will air later this season.

“It is obviously a thrill and a delight to have a star of Sharon's wattage and importance joining 'SVU,'” executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement.

The “Basic Instinct” star is no stranger to television: She won an Emmy for her role on “The Practice” and also appeared on “Will & Grace.”

“SVU” is known for its stunt casting, as Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello noted. Earlier this season, the program featured guest turns by Hilary Duff and Carol Burnett.

— Matea Gold

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I don't know as it's "stunt casting" as much as it is satisfying the viewers' hunger for nostalgia. SVU has a history of big name guest stars(let's not forget Robin Williams, Angela Lansbury and Jerry Lewis, to cite some more examples); for that matter, the other shows under the umbrella have also had major star power...some years ago, when Ben Bratt played Det. Rey Curtis on "Law & Order", his then-girlfriend, eventual Oscar winner Julia Roberts, guested as a murder suspect.


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