Akerman is known for her roles in diverse fare such as the ensemble romantic comedy "Couples Retreat" and the superhero drama "Watchmen." The Swedish-born star will portray late porn actress Lovelace, who rose to prominence for the cult 1972 adult flick "Deep Throat" before later speaking out against the porn industry.
The replacement comes after Lohan's highly publicized issues with drugs and stints in jail threatened to derail the project. The actress spent 13 days in prison in July for violating probation stemming from a 2007 DUI conviction after the alcohol-monitoring device she had been sporting since May reportedly went off at party, and a judge found that Lohan was skipping alcohol-education classes. She was later hauled back to prison for a day-long bid after failing a court-mandated drug test. Lohan is currently in treatment after a judge ordered the actress to remain in rehab until January.
Despite Lohan's legal woes, director Matthew Wilder had publicly stood by the actress.
"We love her. We want her to do well," Wilder said in a statement to MTV News in September after Lohan returned to jail for the second time this year. "We will make the picture shortly."
However, he did admit to being frustrated about Lohan's ongoing issues.
"I understand people's exasperation. I share it," he said. "But there is a tremendous gift underneath all the obvious baggage."
By November, Wilder conceded that the project would be moving on without the starlet.
"We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," he told E! News on Friday. "We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard."
The director explained that the inability to insure Lohan was a factor in the decision to continue the production without the embattled actress.
"We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support," Wilder said. "Ultimately, the impossibility of insuring her — and some other issues — have made it impossible for us to go forward."
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