‘Inferno’ Director Relieved to Be Rid of Lindsay Lohan

When filming starts on the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno, Lindsay Lohan will be missed. But not too much.

Inferno director Matthew Wilder replaced Lohan in the lead role (or, rather, Lindsay quit the movie, depending on who you ask) earlier this month due to her ongoing rehab stint at the Betty Ford Center, and to hear him tell it, the decision has eliminated a world of headaches. Wilder tells Radar Online,

“I feel like 16 tons of weight are off my mind not having to deal with the Lindsay Lohan situation. We have not heard anything from Lindsay and her camp recently but we wish her and them well…I still think she has great talent and if she respects those gifts then she will go on to show people what she is capable of doing.”

And what of Watchmen actress Malin Akerman, who has inherited the role of ill-fated porn star Lovelace from Lohan? Wilder is far less measured in his praise for his new muse:

“I love working with her, she is sensitive and hard-working and I think it’s a great decision for our project.”

Wilder adds that production on Inferno is scheduled to begin in February, “and are really looking forward to moving forward without any distractions.”

Lohan, meanwhile, is scheduled to remain in treatment at Betty Ford until at least January 3.

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