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Lydia Hearst-Shaw Will NOT Be Playing Lindsay Lohan

In the midst of the controversy surrounding the Lindsay Lohan-inspired film project Dogs in Pocketbooks, Lydia Hearst-Shaw signed on to her Twitter account to clear up rumors of her involvement. Producer/writer Charles Casillo told NY Post‘s Page Six that Hearst-Shaw would be playing the lead in the film, but according to the publishing heiress that simply isn’t true.

More and more Casillo is sounding like a fellow with some serious delusions. Whatever prompted the NY Post to take him seriously in the first place?

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Producer of Lindsay Lohan-Inspired Film Tries To Avoid Getting Sued

Sure enough, Lindsay Lohan‘s people are not happy to hear about an unauthorized film based on the life of the troubled actress. Producer and screenwriter Charles Casillo generated plenty of buzz for his movie project Dogs in Pocketbooks when he told NY Post‘s Page Six it was based on the life of LiLo — but he also opened himself up to lawsuits. TMZ reports that the Lohan camp is considering legal action. Says Lohan’s family lawyer Stephanie Ovadia, “They are again using her likeness without her being compensated. Not only that but they are advertising the fact that they are using her likeness.”

Casillo attempted a little damage control, telling TMZ that the lead role is actually a composite of troubled young Hollywood starlets – Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Marilyn Monroe were all named.

That probably won’t help much, since Casillo told Page Six the film’s lead character was “a role obviously based on Lindsay Lohan.” Besides, anyone who mentions Marilyn Monroe in the same breath as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears deserves to get sued.

That publishing heir Lydia Hearst Shaw was cast as the film’s lead would have generated plenty of press on its own, making Casillo’s decision to stir up the LiLo hornet’s nest all the more baffling.

Hearst Publishing Heir to Play Lindsay Lohan in Upcoming Movie

You’d think any film based on the life of Lindsay Lohan would be a tragedy, but screenwriter Charles Casillo says he has written a screwball comedy. The actress he’s found to play the troubled starlet has a history of family drama that outshines even LiLo’s. 26-year-old model Lydia Hearst-Shaw is the daughter of Patti Hearst, best known for being kidnapped and brainwashed by political extremists in the 1970′s. Her great-grandfather is the publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Casillo is not a well-known screenwriter, but by associating his project with two famous names, he is generating plenty of press. And he doesn’t think Lilo should mind. Casillo tells Page Six that the film:

is in no way mean-spirited towards Lindsay. It’s the kind of thing she has spoofed about herself in the past. It’s more of a satire about the crazy people around her and the situations they generate. It satirizes the obsession with modern celebrity.

We feel a Lilo lawsuit coming on…