Amanda Seyfried will be starring as the eponymous Linda Lovelace, described in real life as the world’s first porn star, who was the female lead in the 1972 porn film, Deep Throat. Variety report, via Collider, that Adam Brody (The O.C.), Eric Roberts (Heroes), and Demi Moore (A Few Good Men) are now all set to join the cast, with Moore taking a cameo role as political activist Gloria Steinem, and Brody starring as Lovelace’s Deep Throat co-star, Harry Reems.
The supporting cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard as her husband, JunoTemple, Sharon Stone, Wes Bentley, and Hank Azaria, and if he can fit it into his schedule, James Franco may be set to play Hugh Hefner. The film is to be directed by the co-directing team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who worked with Franco on their last feature, Howl.
In real life (Wikipedia tells me), Lovelace later divorced her husband Chuck Traynor, and claimed that she had been forced into her pornography career by him at gunpoint. She then denounced her previous career, and came to be a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.
In the past few years, Seyfried has been making a bigger and bigger name for herself as a leading actress, and I thought she and Justin Timberlake were brilliant opposite each other on In Time last year. Lovelace’s biography sounds pretty harrowing, and so the movie certainly has the potential to be an intense drama of her life. No news yet on a release date, but production is already underway inLos Angeles, and the film is expected to be released sometime this year. I’m a big fan of all I’ve seen Brody in to date, and can’t wait to see Moore in Margin Call this month, and the rest of the cast are all fantastic, so I think there’s every reason to expect Lovelace to be a solid film when it finishes production and makes its way to the big screen.