Four months after she was let go from the Linda Lovelace biopic after violating her probation and checking into the Betty Ford Center, Lindsay Lohan has been offered a role as another iconic actress: Sharon Tate. Photographer Tyler Shields tells EW that the actress is in talks to star as the Valley of the Dolls actress in his upcoming film Eyes of a Dreamer, a film about murderer Charles Manson, who famously killed a pregnant Tate in August 1969. (Tate was married to filmmaker Roman Polanski at the time.) Though Lohan is not yet locked in for the role, Shields – a friend of Lohan’s who is set to play Manson in the film – says if “the timing is right, it will happen.”
“We’ve worked together many, many times,” Shields tells EW. “She asked me about [Eyes] … And I said, ‘Oh you should be Sharon Tate.’ And she was like, ‘That would be amazing.’”
Lohan’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment, but Shields says he’s courting the actress for the film – produced by Brad Wyman (Monster) – because of audiences’ familiarity with her troubled background. “Sharon Tate was a movie star,” he says. “So I want [an actress who] you already have a backstory with. People have a backstory with someone like Lindsay. And I think it’s very relatable.”
Some audiences, however, may want to think twice before buying a ticket for Dreamer – Shields says he intends to “go all the way” when it comes to showing the horrific Tate murders in the film. Lohan, he says, wouldn’t balk at acting in such scenes. After all, she’s already been the subject of some violent-minded photos taken by the director. (See here.) “I’m just going to be directing people to do the craziest s— they’ve ever done,” he says. “[But] I’m going to find a way to do it where it doesn’t turn people off, but it gives you the feeling of it. I want this to really hit people in a really specific place.”
Shields does, of course, admit that even if Lohan wants the role, Dreamer might just be a dream. The director hopes to begin filming July 15, a date that could be problematic should Lindsay Lohan find herself facing a prison sentence at a possible upcoming trial. (Lohan’s next court date, attached to her felony grand theft charge for allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice, Calif., jewelry store, is scheduled for April 22. It will be determined whether or not she’s heading to trial then.) So if she is sent to prison, will Shields have to offer the role to a different actress? “I don’t know,” he says. “We have to shoot the movie this year, so I don’t know. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it. Hopefully that’s not the case.”
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