Lindsay Lohan Returns To Acting For Netflix Holiday Rom-Com

by Christina Marfice
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We already look forward to Netflix’s holiday lineup all year long, but now there’s another reason: Lindsay Lohan

Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since Mean Girls was released. Lindsay Lohan was at the absolute height of her fame, coming off her roles in The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday that made her one of the hottest A-listers of the time. But she was also victim to something many young, female stars experienced at the time: Constant hounding and harassment by the media and paparazzi. In the early 2010s, Lohan began to pull back from her acting career, moving to Europe and then to Dubai to live a more private life.

Until now. The star is making her return to acting, and the cherry on top of this incredible news is that her first film role in years is going to be in a Netflix holiday rom-com. You know the type — the cheesy, campy, so-bad-it’s-good movies we all devour all holiday season, like The Christmas Prince, The Knight Before Christmas (a personal favorite of mine), and The Princess Switch, which was based on The Parent Trap. Could there be a more perfect way for Lohan to make her triumphant return to the screen? I think not.

The news was first announced by Variety, and we don’t have very many details yet. The movie doesn’t have a title, but we know that Lohan will play a “newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress” (according to the logline), who gets amnesia after a skiing accident and “finds herself in the care of a handsome, blue-collar lodge owner and his precocious daughter in the days leading up to Christmas.” The rest of the cast has not been announced, but honestly, does it even matter? That premise sounds like exactly what we all want in a Netflix holiday movie, and we’re already on board. The fact that Lohan is the star is just *chef’s kiss.*

Apparently, Lohan has been planning her return to acting for a while. On CNN’s New Year’s Eve special in 2019, she told host Anderson Cooper that she wanted to “come back to America and start filming again… taking back the life that I worked so hard for, and sharing it with my family and you guys.” Of course, then the coronavirus pandemic shut down the world, and probably delayed her plans a little bit.

Now for the bad news: Lohan’s film starts production in November, which means it won’t be finished for holiday viewing this year. Can we wait until 2022 for this? Guess we’re just going to have to.