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Amanda Seyfried & Peter Sarsgaard To Star In Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman's 'Lovelace' Biopic

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 1, 2011 10:41 AM
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No, this isn't Matthew Wilder‘s “Inferno” that was famously going to have Lindsay Lohan in the lead role, but now is toplined by Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon. Instead, this is the competing project by “Howl” and “The Celluloid Closet” directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman that at one point was courting Kate Hudson and James Franco (who've both moved on), and had Olivia Wilde taking a look during the summer. It has now cast up, and the talent on board is pretty strong.

Variety reports that Amanda Seyfriend and Peter Sarsgaard will star in "Lovelace," the biopic of the notorious "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace. The project has a script from W. Merritt Johnson (”In Treatment,” “Temple Grandin”) and Andy Bellin ("Trust") and is based on the very slim, and seemingly out of print/hard to get book “The Complete Linda Lovelace” by Eric Danville. Sarsgaard will play Chuck Traynor, Lovelace’s husband during her porn years who she later accused of coercing her into pornography and prostitution with physical violence and even hypnosis. And depending on who you ask, its either totally true or completely ridiculous.

Regardless, it's one of the most fascinating and still enduring stories from the early days of porn, centered around one of the most famous smut movies of all time. It's a particularly brave role for Seyfried to take on, and it will be unlike anything we've seen from her. As for Sarsgaard, he tends to be excellent in whatever he's in and managed to escape from "Green Lantern" this summer with this dignity intact. Epstein and Friedman will likely bring the kind of mature hand his project needs (rather than the more sensationalist Wilder), and though this one was struggling for financing, it looks like everything has come into place and this will be the first of the two biopics to make it to the big screen.

"Lovelace" will go in front of cameras in January, as will Wilder's "Inferno." Paz De La Huerta has scored a supporting role in that flick adding a dose of unpredictability to the project. Guess we'll see how these play out.

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  • Kevin Jagernauth | November 2, 2011 1:38 AMReply

    Ah yes, we've made the correction. Thanks!

  • Jacky | November 1, 2011 12:46 PMReply

    Correction: "Inferno" is not in development hell.

    The same Variety article reports that "Inferno" will start production in January, and Paz de la Huerta will play a supporting role.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | November 1, 2011 12:16 PMReply

    The problem with "Chloe" had nothing to do with the cast and everything to do with Atom Egoyan's shitacular direction and the awful script.

  • bobby | November 1, 2011 11:47 AMReply

    Well Seyfried is in it, so it stinks. She can't pick good scripts. When was her last good movie?

  • Amberly | November 1, 2011 11:43 AMReply

    Unfortunately for this film, placing Amanda dead-eyes-McGee Seyfried in a lead role pretty much rules out any chances of critical acclaim let alone awards contention. Sure it's a risky role for Seyfried, but she yet to prove herself as a serious talent. Chloe was more or less her chance to play against type and while it worked to a certain degree, Julianne Moore was certainly the main attraction- both physically and in terms of acting ability. Olivia Wilde is a more believable choice for this role, but she too hasn't proven herself (although her stint on House is enjoyable).

  • bunty | November 1, 2011 11:03 AMReply

    I'm excited by the prospect of rampant Seyfriend nudity. Chloe only had a brief glimpse or two.

    Peter Sarsgaard and Corey Stoll should play brothers in something.

  • Michael | November 1, 2011 11:01 AMReply

    Someone hasn't seen Chloe.

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