The second we saw photos of Lindsay Lohan out to dinner with Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn in New York City on Friday, we immediately started dreaming up ways he could help revive her career. The director and actress have been friends for years, sources told TMZ, and he may be considering a project with her. And if any director understands the value of having a good hit after being a tabloid punching bag, it’s Woody. So what kind of role would suit LiLo best? Here’s a look at four of our favorite women from Allen’s oeuvre that could be excellent models for her part:
Annie Hall: Sorry to be obvious, but Diane Keaton’s Annie is the quintessential Woody Allen woman — at least she was for most of his movies in the ’70s and ’80s. She’s sexy and talented, but also neurotic enough to be a match for Allen. Lindsay’s no WASPy ideal, and her stumbling reads on SNL have us worried about her rattling off that nervous-energy dialogue — but she’d look great in the menswear.
Tracy, Manhattan: Mariel Hemingway played the stunning, charming and smart 17-year-old who not only dated Woody Allen’s Isaac, she fell in love with him. Lindsay would have to do a lot of cleaning up, and acting, to play an ingenue. If she pulled it off, the other offers would come rolling in.
Nola in Match Point: Scarlett Johansson was the seductress who drove Jonathan Rhys Meyers to ruin his perfect life. Could Lindsay drive men crazy like that again? She’ll have to erase I Know Who Killed Me from our collective memory first.
Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Penelope Cruz was simultaneously seductive, scary and sympathetic as Javier Bardem’s unhinged artist ex-wife. And, like Diane Keaton before her, she won an Oscar for it. Maybe this kind of crazy drama would be perfect for Lindsay, as long as preparing for it didn’t send her back into her own downward spiral again.
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