Lindsay Lohan's star turn in the Linda Lovelace biopic 'Inferno' looked as if it could mark the troubled actress's professional comeback. But instead, after waiting months for her to emerge from rehab, 'Inferno' director Matthew Wilder now tells E! Online he has dropped Lohan from the project.
Earlier this month, Wilder indicated to Moviefone that he was dedicated to making the film with Lohan. "She'll finish her rehab and get out and, you know, life will go on," he said. "So, in brief: We are doing this with her, we are committed to her, and we are not squishy or fudging about that at all."
But just a few weeks later, Wilder is singing a different tune. "We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," he told E!, citing the difficulties of insuring the actress as a main obstacle to working with her. "We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard."
Lohan, who landed in rehab after failing a court-mandated drug test, is currently residing at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California; the terms of her probation dictate that she remain there until Jan. 3. Until Wilder's most recent statement, it was expected that Lohan would begin work on 'Inferno' as soon as she was given permission by the courts. "We are prepping now, and casting, and we will go right after she gets a clean bill of health from the judge in February," Wilder told us. "I know, I know -- what if she doesn't? I think she will."
Apparently, Wilder and the 'Inferno' producers changed their minds and decided not to wait that long. Yet Lohan contends that she wasn't fired from the project at all: She quit. According to TMZ, Lohan decided to drop the project in order to focus on her recovery -- which, depending on your level of cyncism, is either a mature decision on the part of the young actress, or a face-saving fabrication. (Update: Wilder denies the TMZ report, telling the L.A. Times that the decision was his and the producers', not Lohan's.)
In any case, speculation now turns to who will now play Lovelace, the porn star famed for her lead role in the 1972 hardcore film 'Deep Throat.' It appears that Wilder and the producers already have someone in mind ... but that doesn't stop us from venturing our own guesses. Kristen Stewart, perhaps? Emily Browning? Keira Knightley? Emma Stone? What fledgling actress will be brave enough to take on the role of a woman who performs fellatio on-screen?
Now that Malin Akerman has been announced as Lohan's replacement, what do you think of the choice?