Lindsay, Focusing on Recovery, Loses Importance

Lindsay Lohan drops out of A Woman of No Importance, opting to "focus on getting better," according to rep; 20-year-old has been shooting the thriller I Know Who Killed Me during the day and returning to rehab at night

By Natalie Finn Feb 02, 2007 1:24 AMTags

Dining at trendy cafés? Yes. Running errands? Yes. Costarring in a comedy of manners with Annette Bening? Not right now. 

Planning to take it easy for a while once she completes rehab for what ails her, Lindsay Lohan has opted to drop out of one of her upcoming film projects, the big-screen adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play A Woman of No Importance.  

"She's doing great," Lohan's publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, told E! Online senior editor Marc Malkin, adding that she needs to focus on her treatment for now. The publicist said Lohan didn't make the decision lightly because she really wanted to work with Bening.

While Lohan has been spotted out and about—participating in various daytime activities, such as getting her car serviced and lunching with pals—since checking into the Wonderland Center in Laurel Canyon two weeks ago, she'll be slowing things down for the next few months before hitting the road to do publicity for the female-bonding flick Georgia Rule, which is due out in May.

Per her rep, Lohan has been free to work and carry on with her life during the day and head back to Wonderland at night. She returned to the set of the upcoming thriller I Know Who Killed Me Jan. 26, nine days after starting treatment. "She's on set today," Zelnik added.

Production had already been halted at the beginning of January, when Lohan took a timeout for an appendectomy. She received the go-ahead from her doctor to go back to work early last week.  

In keeping with the whole streamlined schedule idea, however, the actor decided not to make the trip to Sundance last week, where her indie film Chapter 27 premiered, and she stayed home from the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, where she was nominated along with her Bobby costars for Best Cast in a Motion Picture. 

Still in the pipeline for the 20-year-old starlet is a role opposite Keira Knightley in The Best Time of Our Lives, which is slated to start shooting in London in late April.

Before that, Lohan is scheduled for a family vacation in Italy, Malkin reports.