Move over Scarlett Johansson ... Woody Allen has a new buxom, young muse in his life ... and that muse is Lindsay Lohan.
The unlikely duo was spotted out in NYC last night at fancy-schmancy Philippe restaurant -- and we're told this isn't their first spin on the friendship bicycle.
Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ ... Allen and Lilo have been friends for years now and he's one of her biggest supporters -- never jumping on the judgment bandwagon.
We're told there are no projects officially on the books right now, BUT sources tell us they've been throwing around the idea of Lindsay being in one of Allen's future films -- which would be huge for Lilo, since his last flick, "Midnight in Paris," won him an Academy Award.
We're also told Lindsay has nothing but respect for the quadruple Oscar-winning director and would LOVE to work with him.
Lindsay Lohan may have had the best dinner of her life last night ... Lohan broke bread with Woody Allen at Phillipe in New York!
Lindsay was picked up at the Mercer Hotel by Woody Allen's driver; she wore a spring, pastel blue floral coat with a an off-white silk dress, tights and gray pumps.
Our photographer says Lindsay and Woody were deep in discussion over dinner, for about an hour ... perhaps discussing an upcoming project??? That would be GREAT news for Lindsay, after her career has faltered in recent years, due to her legal troubles. Now she's got Lifetime's Liz and Dick on her slate for this year but a big-screen film with Woody Allen is every actress' dream!