The budget for her new movie is $5M. I read an article that said that because it is such a small budget that it has a good chance of making its money back or showing a profit. No it doesn't. The movie is probably going straight ot On Demand which is the new version of straight to DVD. Almost 1M people would have to purchase the movie to make the budget back. If it heads to the theatres an almost equal number of people would have to be willing to shell out the going movie rate to make its money back. There are exceptions of course but most movies in the $5M budget range never make their money back. If you are not a great horror movie then your chances of earning back that money is slim.
If you have a second look at this wiki link of Mischa Barton's movies in the past two years. Did you know she made any movies the past two years? Actually she has made lots. Know how many made their money back? None. Know how many had budgets of $5M. Most. Lindsay has a name so it is probably a better gamble picking Lindsay for your movie than Mischa but it is still a big gamble. Probably bigger considering that Lindsay is going to be a huge pain on the set. She is going to treat the movie like there are millions of dollars to spend on her. She probably won't do any publicity for the movie after her final check is received. Her acting is going to be horrible. I'm tired of people reminding me how good she was in Mean Girls. It was an ensemble cast with great actresses and terrific writing and she basically played herself.
If Lindsay wants to have a career in the movies she has to understand she isn't a lead actress. She can't carry a movie by herself. At least not yet. She needs to find the perfect part which is probably someone who is a lot like her in a supporting role in a fairly big budget movie. Let her have a scene or two or three and try and steal the movie.Let her move up from that and eventually maybe she could get a lead.
Remember all the hype about Canyons? We heard about it for months on end and all it could manage to gross was less than $100K.