Hank Azaria, Maybe James Franco & More Join the Cast of 'Lovelace'
When it was first announced that Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman were working on Lovelace, a film about Linda Boreman, aka Linda Lovelace, the world's first pornographic superstar who gained infamy after starring in Deep Throat, Hollywood's busiest man, James Franco, was lined up to play husband Chuck Traynor. However, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes star fell away from project and has been replaced with Peter Sarsgaard. But it appears Franco is in the mix again with an interesting cameo and new cast members including Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Patrick and Chris Noth.
If all goes well, Variety says the directors' reunion with Franco would have him take on a small cameo role as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, a bit part that will only have him shooting for one day. Meanwhile, Azaria will play Deep Throat writer/director Jerry Damiano the man who's proud of creating a porn movie with a story, characters and humor. Cannavale and Noth will play the financiers backing the film who decide to strike a deal with Traynor after they see a home movie with Lovelace's special "talent." Finally, Patrick will play Lovelace's father who who initially falls for Chuck's charm when Linda brings him home but later finds himself ashamed of his daughter's newfound celebrity (probably even more ashamed than he was of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line). A few more roles like Sammy Davis Jr., feminist leader Gloria Steinem and Deep Throat co-star Harry Reems still need to be cast so stay tuned.