Image Credit: Tom Briglia/FilmMagic.comLindsay Lohan will portray a porn star, according to Wali Razaqi, the producer of the film Inferno. And not just any porn star: Linda Lovelace, the Deep Throat superstar who later became a feminist crusader against pornography. Razaqi confirmed to that “Lindsay Lohan has been cast as Linda Lovelace” in Inferno,and also told The Los Angeles Times that “We’ve all thought that Lindsay would be a great choice for a while now, and we’re all convinced that she is going to do it.”

Razaqi says he plans to make an official announcement at Cannes this month, but Lindsay hasn’t confirmed it herself (several of her reps have not responded to a request for comment). And Razaqi’s assertion that “we’re all convinced that she is going to do it” doesn’t exactly sound ironclad.”

I have mixed feelings about the potential collision of Lohan with Lovelace. Lovelace is a rich, complex character, and if the script is decent, the role has the potential to be a game-changer for any brave actress willing to bare…well, everything. But is it wise for an actress who seems to be struggling with her own demons to tackle a character who promises to venture into some really dark places? Lohan’s life seems bright in contrast to Lovelace’s lowest moments, which included claims of serial rape, battles with drugs, and reluctant appearances in hardcore porn. Is this a character whose skin Lohan really needs to wear right now?

Despite Lohan’s reputation, I still sense a wealth of goodwill towards her from fans who still point to Mean Girls as evidence of her talent. But talent isn’t the only issue. After all, Courtney Love was amazing in The People vs. Larry Flynt, playing Flynt’s drug-addicted stripper wife, but I’m not sure that role did much good for her image or her health. If Lohan does play Lovelace, I hope it’s the beginning of something great and not a sad punchline that further consumes her.

Is Lovelace a good or bad thing for Lohan? If it’s a bad thing, what roles should she be seeking instead?