Now Amanda Seyfried & Peter Sarsgaard Lead Linda Lovelace Biopic
Earlier this year, the gestating project Inferno, which ended up replacing Lindsay Lohan with Malin Akerman as porn star Linda Lovelace, got some competition from a new biopic simply titled Lovelace. At the time, the project from Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman had Kate Hudson as Lovelace and James Franco playing her manipulative husband and pornographer Chuck Traynor. Since the, Ms. Hudson has found herself pregnant thus taking her away from the project which has also lost Franco. Now Variety has word that Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard will be taking the lead roles instead.
Based on Eric Danville's book The Complete Linda Lovelace, the story will chronicle Lovelace's place in adult film history as the star of Deep Throat, one of the highest-grossing independent films of all-time which just happened to be a porno that would serve as a gateway to years of victimization in the adult film industry. But after enduring as much as she could, Lovelace left the industry, changed her name to Linda Boreman and then revealed that Traynor had forced her into prostitution and pornography through physical abuse and apparently hypnotism. She even led an anti-porn movement for awhile.
It's bound to be somewhat of a controversial drama, and since Lovelace was a porn star, this sounds like a role that will be quite risque for Seyfriend, even moreso than her steamy turn in Chloe with Julianne Moore. Of course, Sarsgaard's addition is also an appealing one since he really dives into each and every role he takes. Whether it's something fun and light like Green Lantern or a powerful romantic drama like An Education, he's simply one of the best actors working today. With this cast in place, it sounds like Lovelace should get off the ground before Inferno, and that might end up killing the latter film.