Lindsay Lohan's Inferno Extinguished

Director of Linda Lovelace biopic says they're moving on without the troubled actress

By Natalie Finn, Whitney English Nov 20, 2010 8:00 PMTags
Lindsay Lohan, Infernotylershields.com

You snooze, you lose. You violate probation and have to take an extended stay in rehab...you lose.

Despite previous assurances that the production was ready and waiting for Lindsay Lohan, Inferno director Matthew Wilder exclusively tells E! News that his Linda Lovelace biopic is moving on without the troubled star.

"We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," Wilder says. "We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard."

In fact, E! News will exclusively announce Monday which "amazing actress" is replacing Lohan as Lovelace.

So what finally prompted Wilder, who sang Lohan's praises as an actress and as a promoter when she was in Cannes to help sell the film (which ultimately landed her in hot water), to give up on the 24-year-old actress?

"We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support," Wilder says. "Ultimately, the impossibility of insuring her—and some other issues—have made it impossible for us to go forward."

Lohan made a brief stop at her West Hollywood condo last weekend, but is currently residing at sober living facility affiliated with the Betty Ford Center out in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She must remain in rehab until at least Jan. 3, per the terms of her probation.

Her rep tells E! News, "Lindsay is dedicated to her recovery and together they decided to move forward without her."

Meanwhile, a source close to Lohan tells E! News the starlet wasn't happy with the direction of the movie, regardless.

"She wanted them to tone down a lot of the racy scenes", the source said. "It wasn't going to be good for her to play someone with substance issues when she is going through her own recovery." 

-Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

(Originally published on November 19, 2010 at 8:20 p.m.)