This year's Sundance Film Festival has already had its share of surprises, but none bigger than this morning's announcement that Lindsay Lohan is still allowed to act … wait, sorry, that Lindsay Lohan has a new movie coming out. Yesterday, reporters and paparazzi squeezed into the festival's annual independent cinema showcase to announce that Lindsay Lohan will be starring in a brand new movie.
The new film, ironically titled Inconceivable, was described by the actress as a psychological thriller that follows a young woman on a quest to discover something she's lost (so it's pretty much the story of Lohan's life). Lohan, who is also acting as a producer on the film, had nothing but gushy things to say about being in Park City and rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite.
Current plans have the starlet - if you can still call her that - playing an active role in the film's pre-production, pitching in on the search for a director and the supporting cast. The big news, though, is Inconceivable's lead role, which fellow producer and financier Randall Emmett claimed would surprise and shock Lohan's fans and critics alike. Considering some of the hijinks Lohan has gotten into on-screen, the role would have to be pretty shocking to make good on that promise.
The Sundance Film Festival isn't typically the place where people announce upcoming projects - especially projects that haven't even begun filming yet. The move is so rare, in fact, that one has to suspect the ample (read: free) publicity surrounding the festival was Lohan and company's primary motivation for dropping the news yesterday.
Either that or Lohan is doing her best to drum up ratings for her new documentary series on Oprah's OWN channel. The series, which premieres in March, sets out to capture Lohan's last ditch attempt to shake her bad girl persona and get back on Hollywood's good side. Lindsay Lohan's new film looks to play a large part in that attempted comeback. At the very least, the Sundance announcement should make for a celebrity-filled episode or two in the reality series' first season.
This new announcement also helps take the focus off recent quotes from media maven Oprah Winfrey, who claimed that shooting Lohan's reality series has hit a few "bumpety bumps".
Coming off 3 Razzie nominations for her work in film last year, including the positively dreadful (and universally panned) The Canyons, Lindsay Lohan is a woman who needs all the help she can get. Considering the spirit of acceptance and renewal that tends to permeate the Sundance Film Festival every year, it would seem that Park City is just the place to get that help.