Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
In true Hollywood fashion, after years of no biopics about Linda Lovelace, there are now two separate films in the works about the adult film star. We’ve known for months that Malin Akerman would be toplining Matthew Wilder’s take on the story, titled Inferno, and now Amanda Seyfried has entered negotiations to fill the role in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s competing version, called Lovelace. Also considering the project is Peter Sarsgaard, who is in early talks to play Lovelace’s abusive pornographer husband Chuck Traynor. More details after the jump.
Based on The Complete Linda Lovelace by Eric Danville, W. Merritt Johnson and Andy Bellin‘s script details the life and times of the pornographic actress who was best known for the 1972 hardcore classic Deep Throat — still one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time. Lovelace got into the business as a young woman when she met Traynor, but eventually quit her adult film career and divorced Traynor after years of abuse at his hands. She later joined the likes of Andrea Dworkin, Catharine MacKinnon, and Gloria Steinem in the anti-pornography movement, even testifying about her experiences before the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography in New York City in 1986.
If Seyfried and Sarsgaard sign on, they’ll be replacing Kate Hudson and James Franco, who were attached to the film until Hudson became pregnant. Olivia Wilde was also circling the starring role at one point, but has apparently moved on.
Seyfried most recently appeared in Andrew Niccol’s In Time with Justin Timberlake, and will next star in Heitor Dhalia’s Gone. In addition, she’s just wrapped Justin Zackham’s The Wedding. Sarsgaard’s most recent role was as villain Hector Hammond in this summer’s Green Lantern.
Variety reports that Lovelace will go into production in January, the same time that Inferno begins shooting. The latter stars Matt Dillon as Traynor opposite Akerman, with supporting performances by Paz de la Huerta and Sasha Grey. (In case you were wondering, Inferno is the one Lindsay Lohan was involved with before her well-publicized troubles led to Wilder firing her.)