Lindsay Lohan’s troubled life and recent scandals don’t necessarily seem particularly funny, but screenwriter Charles Casillo apparently is aiming to put a comedic spin on the actress’s trials in the new film “Dogs in Pocketbooks.” The New York Post reports that Casillo has chosen heiress Lydia Hearst Shaw, in her first Hollywood film role, to play the Lohan-esque character at the center of his movie.
The writer told the Post that Shaw will portray a “bratty movie goddess in and out of rehab, in trouble with the law, and hounded by greedy agents, predatory paparazzi, off-the-wall stalkers and crazed media.” TMZ pointed out that the only Lohan-related aspect missing from this picture are “scheming, sponging parents whose lives derail their child,” although that might take away from some of the flick’s comedic value. The film is set to start shooting in New York and Los Angeles in February.
Casillo emphasized to the Post that “Dogs in Pocketbooks” is “in no way mean-spirited toward Lindsay,” adding, “It’s the kind of thing she has spoofed about herself in the past. It’s more of a satire about the crazy people around her and the situations they generate. It satirizes the obsession with modern celebrity.”
Though Shaw has not acted in a feature film before, she is well known for her modeling career — including campaigns for Bottega Veneta, Escada and Lord & Taylor — and dating Jeff Goldblum. She also is the daughter of famous 1970s kidnapping victim Patty Hearst. Casillo said he spent a lot of time trying to find the right woman to play the big-screen version of Lohan, and that Shaw is perfect for the part.
“She’s one of the few supermodels who can actually act,” he insisted. “She’s smart, well-read, charming and very beautiful. We looked at a lot of actresses for this role, and I was really knocked out.” The fact that she knows what it’s like to be a pursued celebrity probably only helped as well, considering she is the heir to the William Randolph Hearst fortune.
The film also has already cast “Dynasty” actress Joan Collins as the main character’s agent. The veteran star told the Post, “The script is a hoot — a satire on the crazed hysteria surrounding show-biz celebrities. I’m playing an aggressive, sexy, powerful woman. For a change.”
This month, Lohan has been involved in a scandal where a woman who worked at the rehab facility at which the actress was staying accused her of assault, though charges have now been dropped. She also was recently replaced by Malin Akerman as the star of the Linda Lovelace biopic “Inferno” because Lohan was not going to be out of rehab in time to shoot the movie.
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