Sometimes it may be rather difficult to remember that Lindsay Lohan once had a budding entertainment career. Before the partying, failed attempts at rehabilitation and DUI charges, Lohan was a household name for all the right reasons. However, today the actress/singer/model is not giving up on resuscitating her controversial career. Reports have confirmed that Lindsay Lohan will star in Speed-the-Plow, in London.
The David Mamet Hollywood Satire is being remade. The play will be premiering in September, at London’s very own West End. Lohan will star as the character Karen, who is described as “an ambiguous secretary to a powerful Hollywood executive.’ Although the play only has two other characters, the remainder of the cast has yet to be officially confirmed. The play will be directed by Lindsay Posner and recur until the end of November. The former Disney star will be making her stage debut. With eight shows a week, Lohan will have to be punctual and remain much more focused than she has in years past.
The role of Karen was first played in 1988 by pop icon, Madonna. A year later, the play premiered in London and was revived on three separate occasions. Speed-the-Plow had its most recent revival back in 2008, on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theater. The play was also recreated at West End in 2000. If all goes well with her stage run, Lohan may very well be in the driver’s seat to a rejuvenated career.
Lohan, 27, grew up in show business. By age three, she landed a modeling gig with Ford Models, regularly appearing in over 60 TV commercials. The actress/model filmed television ads for Pizza Hut, JELL-O and Wendy’s, while also gaining modeling contracts from Calvin Klein and Abercrombie and Fitch children’s lines. Later, Lohan rose to celebrity status when she starred in the 1998 movie The Parent Trap. Later, Lohan would go on to star alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in the Disney thriller, Freaky Friday. In 2004, Lohan starred in the hit Mean Girls. That same year Lohan crossed over into the world of pop music with her platinum debut album, Speak. However, subsequent music releases and films saw her achieve much less success.
Lohan quickly saw her career dwindle as she became immersed in the tabloids. She was often described as a heavy “party girl” on the Los Angeles scene. The highly publicized actress battled with drug and alcohol abuse problems and even bulimia over the next few years. After being charged with two counts of DUI in less than a year, Lohan was sentenced to a short jail stay. As a condition for her plea deal, she was assigned to rehab for her alcohol and drug abuse. While remaining out of the spotlight, Lohan found herself in and out of rehab and violating probation. Lohan became known for routinely showing up late to meetings, court dates and work. Only time will tell if Speed-the-Plow will finally show if Lindsay Lohan can remain on the right track in London.
In recent years, Lohan has been back to work on the big screen. Before willing her way to London for Speed-the-Plow, the actress had recurring roles on the hits shows Ugly Betty and Glee. Lindsay Lohan also played the role of Elizabeth Taylor in a made for TV movie entitled Liz & Dick, back in 2012. No matter the outcome of her stage debut, Lohan will bring the drama one way or another.
By Brandon Wright