'Inferno' director: Lindsay Lohan didn't quit -- we fired her
Reached by telephone Saturday, Wilder confirmed that he and the producers of "Inferno" had come to the decision to recast the film about the late porn star. He denied a TMZ report that Lohan had quit the project, but declined to elaborate further, saying he wanted to avoid "mudslinging."
He did say, however, that he would reveal more details Monday about what occurred between the filmmakers and the troubled actress, and who would replace her.
It was not long ago that Wilder seemed deadset on sticking with Lohan. "Not moving on, not recasting, not under any circumstances," he said in July. In October, though, the filmmaker admitted he was frustrated by Lohan's schedule, while also saying that he hoped to shoot after the 24-year-old emerged from her court-mandated stay at the Betty Ford Center in January.
As for Lohan, while the Lovelace movie could have drawn criticism, without it, it seems the actress has no definite job prospects lined up. This summer, the filmmakers behind a Willie Nelson-produced adventure comedy called "The Dry Gulch Kid" had expressed interest in Lohan. They could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen who will fill the actress' shoes in "Inferno." Share your thoughts on her replacement in our poll.
— Amy Kaufman
Photo: Lohan at a court hearing in July. Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times.
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