Lindsay Lohan is in negotiations to star in Paul Schrader’s upcoming film “The Canyons,” a thriller penned by Bret Easton Ellis. Ellis wrote the novel “American Psycho,” which was later adapted into a film.
Adult film star James Deen has already signed up for the role of Christian, while Lohan would co-star as Tara.
Lohan would like to do the film and the filmmakers like her for it, as evidenced by Ellis’ tweet announcing her joining the cast earlier today.
Braxton Pope, a producer on the film, said that the “Mean Girls” star’s talent has been lost amidst all the reports about her personal life. They have been looking at her for some time.
“This gets overwhelmed by publicity and her personal tumult, but Lindsay is a very talented actress,” producer Pope told TheWrap. “She’s not in the same genus as Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton. She’s the real deal.”
Lohan has already come in to do work with Schrader, which a cinematographer filmed.
That said, her place in the project is not set in stone, as it is incumbent upon Lohan’s absolute commitment once filming begins July 9. Lohan is currently filming “Liz & Dick,” and a recent car accident again raised questions about her personal life impacting production.
Schrader, Ellis and Pope have all put money into the film, and they also used Kickstarter to raise funds. Given the smaller budget for this independent film, delays in shooting are not an option.