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    Lindsay Walks to The Other Side in Katie's Shoes

    Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Donato Sardella/Getty Images

    How did Lindsay Lohan get to The Other Side?

    Following in Katie Holmes' footsteps, apparently.  

    David Michaels, who will be directing Lohan in the long-gestating fantastical comedy tells E! News that Lohan's role was originally intended for Tom Cruise's missus, and that before she opted out Holmes had given him quite a bit of input on her character.

    "Katie would call me from Berlin at 4 a.m. her time to go over ideas and notes," said Michaels, who also cowrote the script. "We did this over successive weeks while she was there with Tom when he was filming Valkyrie. The result of our collaboration has tremendously improved the arc and dynamic of the lead character."

    But when the funding for the indie production temporarily fell through, Holmes moved on and ultimately committed to her Broadway role in All My Sons, leaving Michaels without a leading lady.

    Lohan is on board now, and here's hoping her interpretation of the character meshes with what Michaels has been envisioning for so long.

    "At the end of the day, it's really all about delivering something remarkable that translates to the big screen, so the real work for us is still ahead," he said.

    "Lindsay's very aware of people's perceptions of her," Michaels told Daily Variety earlier this month. "She's really committed to doing what she has to in order to change that."

    Added producer Kent Harper: Lohan will be fully insured when cameras start rolling.

    Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, Alanis Morissette and Dave Matthews, who has penned six original songs for the film, also star in the down-the-rabbit-hole comedy about a grad student who goes to spend her summer doing research on a remote island, where she discovers a community of eccentrics who share a secret.

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