Last night there were rumors that Lindsay Lohan might be playing ’70s porn star icon Linda Lovelace in a biopic called Inferno. She’d be taking the role that was planned for Anna Faris a couple years ago. But the film had financing problems and Faris decided (probably correctly) that starring as a porn star in a dark, financially struggling film might not be for her. Now the film’s producer has confirmed that Lohan is on board and the film will be looking for financing at Cannes.
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One of the big curiosities of this year’s Sundance is Howl, the semi-biopic of poet Allen Ginsberg, which stars James Franco and was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Now, just ahead of Howl‘s premiere, the duo has booked another film. They’ll make Lovelace, based on the career of iconic porn star and eventual anti-porn crusader Linda Lovelace. Read More »
Oh noes. With The House Bunny nom’ing on close to $50 million at the box office, Anna Faris dished to MovieHole that she’s dropped out of the 2009 Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno to focus on comedies. Damn you, smart business sense. Over the summer, Faris expressed enthusiasm in playing Lovelace, troubled “star” of the infamous fellatio pic, Deep Throat, who later became an anti-porn crusader and died in a car accident. “You’re not going to even know who I am…I’ll be in a very dark place,” Faris said in June.
Inferno has experienced troubles with funding, so we expected it to be all-systems-go now that Faris is a proven mainstream draw. New lead permitting, the film will be the sophomore effort of director, Matthew Wilder, who helmed the cool-looking pseudo-Philip K. Dick flick, Your Name Here, with Bull Pullman—which still hasn’t seen a domestic release. Sam Rockwell is set to co-star as one of Lovelace’s abusive husbands.
Discuss: What actress would be as intriguing for the role as Faris?
Slashfilm is so tawdry today. The last time I recall reading about Inferno, the Linda Lovelace/Deep Throat biopic with Anna Faris set to star, Vulture was getting lashed by Faris’s dad for making bad puns. Faris now tells MTV that the film, a seedy departure for the goofy comedienne (Smiley Face, the Scary Movies), will likely begin shooting this summer with Slashfilm fave, Sam Rockwell (real name), apparently aboard to play her husband.
“I’m going to do ['Observe & Report' with Seth Rogen] first, and then hopefully we’ll get together for the summer. …You’re not going to even know who I am,” she half-joked. “I’m not there right now, but I will be when the time comes. I’ll be in a very dark place.”
The movie will be directed by newcomer Matthew Wilder (real name) whose quasi-Philip K. Dick (real name) biopic, Your Name Here, starring Bill Pullman (real name/bad pun) opens this year. We’ll post the trailer for that one shortly. It’s jammed econo with enough ’70s duds, nude hugs and drugs to light a path for Inferno‘s American tale of kinky debasement, relentless exploitation and sniffled redemption.
In her early 20s, Lovelace (real name/bad pun, Linda Boreman) starred in Deep Throat, the lil’ porno funded by the mob that became a worldwide theatrical/socio-political sensation in 1972. Its broad influence was examined in the 2002 doc, Inside Deep Throat. She was married to two guys widely described as abusive sleazebag opportunists (Rockwell would play the second one), and later led an anti-pornography crusade of sorts, decrying that much of Deep Throat was filmed against her will. She died in 2002, the result of a car accident. The subject matter isn’t too fresh, but I think Faris would be enticingly insane for this role, far stranger than Val Kilmer as John Holmes in Wonderland.
Discuss: Does Faris + Rockwell get you interested?