By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 4, 2011 at 11:44AM
The perma-legally challenged Lindsay Lohan is in real talks to star in a movie? Yeah, we'll believe it when it actually happens, so for now chalk it up as a big, big maybe. Insurers for movies don't like the stars to have a possibility of getting arrested or going to rehab.
Anyway, photographer Tyler Shields has told EW that Lohan is in talks to play Sharon Tate in his upcoming film "Eyes of a Dreamer" about Charles Manson. Tate was an actress on the rise (she won a Golden Globe for her turn in "Valley Of The Dolls") and the wife of Roman Polanski, who was brutally murdered at the hands of the cult leader and his followers. It was one of the grimmest chapters in Hollywood history, and getting Lohan to sign up to get to play an ingenue who is butchered by a madman is a pretty good way to get publicity for your film. But yeah, we doubt this is gonna happen and so does Shields for that matter.
The photog admits that it all depends on the outcome of her upcoming court date following the felony grand theft charge for allegedly stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. If it goes to trial, she'll probably miss out on the July 15th start date.
So all this to say, we think it's kind of perverse and sad that the only roles seemingly being sent Lohan's way are parts in which a woman is demeaned or butchered in some way. She recently got booted from the gestating Linda Lovelace biopic (she was replaced by Malin Akerman) but that film reportedly had all kinds of salacious stuff, while playing Sharon Tate seems sensational just for the sake of it. While Charlie Sheen is grown man who refuses to get help, people tend to forget that Lohan is not even 25 yet and is continually let down by a string of enablers around her who seem to try and make a fast buck on her no matter where she is legally or personally. She deserves better than this.
And Shields is totally upfront about using Lohan's background to help fuel the "character." “Sharon Tate was a movie star,” he said. “So I want [an actress who] you already have a back story with. People have a back story with someone like Lindsay. And I think it’s very relatable.” Uh huh. And if that isn't enough, he intends to “go all the way” because he really wants "this to really hit people in a really specific place.” Right, right.
It's all pretty pathetic and sad and we hope producer Brad Wyman wises up. But for better or worse, Lohan playing a woman who gets viciously killed will sell tickets. But yeah, the likelihood of this happening is fairly remote anyway.