Lindsay Lohan’s Next Big Break: Bret Easton Ellis’ The Canyons With Porn Star James Deen

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Lindsay Lohan and James Deen set to star in The Canyons

While Lindsay Lohan’s terrible driving (and lying?) is probably undoing any progress those amazing Elizabeth Taylor pics may have earned her in Hollywood, it seems there are still some folks out there willing to give the troubled star a chance. Bret Easton Ellis announced via Twitter last night that she’ll co-star in The Canyons with porn star James Deen. According to indiewire.com, Deen will play Christian, “a trust fund kid, power player and major manipulator, who is a film producer that enjoys filming his own three-way sex sessions,” and Lohan is his girlfriend Tara, a former model who “has sold her pride for the material comforts Christian can provide.” There are two other leads yet to be cast for the erotic thriller about “five 20-somethings’ quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood.”

A little back story goes a long way in explaining why LiLo’s a risk worth taking for this film. First of all, the idea for the movie apparently came to Ellis after a conversation with his personal trainer about Deen, and Ellis proceeded to write it with him in mind. The American Psycho author teamed up with writer/director Paul Shrader (Taxi Driver) and proceeded to raise the “microbudget” money for the film on Kickstarter. Donors were promised everything from signed posters and an opportunity to vote on casting choices to associate producer credits, a chance to have their book reviewed by Ellis and a private screening with the author and Lionsgate producer Braxton Pope. “We all experienced the frustrations of financing and institutional censorship,” Shrader said on the Kickstarter site. “But now, with advances in digital photography and distribution, we can tell a story in the manner we choose. Movies are changing and we’re changing with it.”

On a budget of $100,000 (plus whatever Ellis, Schrader and Pope kicked in), we can see how there’s much less for a movie like this to lose if Lindsay winds up in the slammer or rehab again. Because no matter what happens later, this announcement has made us sit up and take notice of this little project.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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