updated 11/21/2010 AT 4:35 AM ET
•originally published 11/21/2010 AT 11:30 AM ET
Here’s a lesson Lindsay Lohan is learning the hard way: even your biggest fans won’t wait around forever.
The makers of Inferno, who had stood by the troubled 24-year-old actress through her legal struggles and rehab, finally had to part ways with her as the filming date neared.
“Lindsay had scheduling issues due to legal obligations and is continuing to focus on getting better in rehabilitation in Palm Springs, and she really had to focus on that in our opinion – and hers,” says the film’s producer, Chris Hanley. “For herself and her career in general it was really her decision to just focus on getting better psychologically.”
Lohan’s rehab has been extended through Jan. 3 at least. She’s now settled in a “sober living facility” affiliated with the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The filmmakers also had difficulty getting insurance for Lohan.
Lohan is being replaced by Watchmen Star Malin Akerman.
“Malin was passionate to take this challenge of the role to task,” says Hanley, “and we feel she has the talent to meet that challenge.”