HOLLYWOODAmerican Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis announced on Twitter Monday night that adult "It" guy James Deen will play the male lead opposite Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons, the forthcoming independent thriller scripted by Ellis and to be directed by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader.

Though Deen told AVN he had yet to officially sign on to the project, Ellis trumpeted in no uncertain terms via his Twitter feed: "I am beyond thrilled that James Deen and Lindsay Lohan will be playing the parts of Christian and Tara in THE CANYONS."

Ellis' interest in Deen for the part has been well publicized since January, when he first tweeted that he had the 2009 AVN Male Performer of the Year in mind as he was writing the movie.

The Canyons is scheduled to shoot in L.A. next month, Ellis wrote following the Deen/Lohan announcement.

(Photo of Lindsay Lohan courtesy of TheJewelWickerShow.com.)