Perfect casting! Lindsay Lohan stars in new James Franco directed R.E.M video which is a bleary-eyed ode to Hollywood
16:44 GMT, 17 November 2012
One year ago, R.E.M announced that the band was splitting and they would never reunite.
So fans might be surprised to see a new video from the Everybody Hurts hit makers.
The clip for Blue, which appeared on the band's fifteenth and final album, Collapse into Now, is directed by Hollywood star James Franco, and stars Lindsay Lohan as a hollow eyed muse.
WATCH: See the video for Blue by R.E.M
Snap Happy: Lindsay Lohan pouts and poses for Terry Richardson in the music video
In the 5 minute clip, which is shaky and often out of focus, she is seen pouting and posing for a photographer played by Terry Richardson.
It was not too much of a stretch for the 47-year old, as he is one of Hollywood's most respected snappers.
Scenes of him directing Lindsay, 26, in front of the lens are blended with fuzzy images of Hollywood, including the Chateau Marmont Hotel.
Hazy: Lindsay appears in the trippy video which was directed by James Franco
Specs appeal: Lindsay poses while wearing Terry Richardson's spectacles
Away from the film set, Lindsay and the hotel have had a tempestuous relationship, with the manager having to evict the Mean Girls actress after she ran up an enormous bill.
It is also said to be here that Lindsay became friends with James Franco, the Hollywood bad boy who directed the clip.
He also features in the video, and can be seen posing for photographer Richardson while dressed in drag.
Long history: Lindsay has a history of ups and downs with the Chateau Marmont hotel
Sights of Hollywood: Some of Tinseltown's skylines and landmarks appear in the video
The usually dark-haired actor is seen wearing a platinum blonde wig as he tries his best to look seductive.
Perhaps in homage to the track's title, he is wearing a generous smearing of blue eyeshadow on his upper lids.
He also wears a pearl necklace, and what looks like a yellow gown.
Who's that girl James Franco took a moment from directing the video to make an appearance
Blonde ambition: James can be seen wearing blue eyeshadow and red lipstick in the video
The 34-year old was invited to direct the video by the band themselves.
Lead singer Michael Stipe decided to assign each track from the final album to a selection of film makers, including the Pineapple Express actor.
VIDEO: Watch the video for Blue by R.E.M