After months of sticking by Lindsay Lohan through her multiple stays in prison and in-patient drug treatment centers, the director of the upcoming film “Inferno” has opened the door to recasting her starring role.
Director Matthew Wilder has for the first time suggested Lohan might not play the part of X-rated film star Linda Lovelace in the biopic. “You know we have been through a lot with this project, and although she is still our number one choice — we do have a Plan B if she cannot film ’Inferno,’ ” he told Radar Online.
Not only has Wilder indicated that Lohan could lose her job, but he admitted to communicating with other actresses about taking on the role. “And actually we have had a great response from other people who really want the part, too,” he said.
Filmmakers had previously planned to shoot “Inferno” in Louisiana following Lohan’s completion of her initial imprisonment and drug-treatment stay. After a positive drug test in September, though, the 24-year-old “Mean Girls” star landed back in rehab. She has since completed a stint at the Betty Ford Center and has entered a facility in the Los Angeles area.
Wilder had been unwavering in his support up until now, even as he admitted frustration with Lohan’s behavior. “I understand people’s exasperation,” he told MTV News in September . “I share it. But there is a tremendous gift underneath all the obvious baggage.”
The director’s comments to Radar Online, however, mark the first indication that he’s willing to go forward without his controversial and attention-grabbing star.
“[W]e will wait until Lindsay has fulfilled all of her rehab and court obligations to see if she will be able to take her place as we had originally planned,” Wilder said.
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