Even in the turbulent times of independent film financing, someone is willing to invest in Lindsay Lohan.
Variety reports that the “Mean Girls” star, who hasn’t starred in a theatrical release since 2007’s “I Know Who Killed Me,” will play the leading role in the new fantasy comedy “The Other Side.” She’ll be joined by Woody Harrelson (quickly challenging Samuel L. Jackson as the most overworked actor in town), Giovanni Ribisi (who could use the work) and moonlighters Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette.
Directed by newcomer David Michaels, the movie finds Lohan playing a grad student who spends the summer working at a scientific institute on a remote island. She soon discovers an eccentric group of quirky characters who are hiding a secret about tragic events that occurred in the distant past.
Importantly, producer Kent Harper told the trade Lohan will be insured before production starts and Michaels insists the tabloid queen knows Hollywood has a perception of her as being unprofessional.
Lohan’s dwindling fan base are no doubt pumped to see her next in “Labor Pains,” a movie which appears later this year on ABC Family. “Pains” was supposed to be a theatrical release but no distributor was willing to pick it up. If and when “Side” actually goes into production, there’s no guarantee it will hit real movie theaters either.
The filmmakers behind “The Other Side” insists it will begin filming on an island off the coast of Massachusetts this October. Place your bets.