There are a couple biopics about famed porn actress Linda Lovelace in the works, so let’s not get confused. Lovelace isn’t the one that was supposed to star Lindsay Lohan but then picked up Malin Ackerman because Lindsay Lohan is Lindsay Lohan; that one is the Matthew Wilder-directed Inferno. Lovelace will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl), and has Amanda Seyfried replacing the originally-rumored Kate Hudson as the titular performer. I’ve seen these two movies have actors that are appearing in one being attributed to the other or downright get referenced as being the same film before, so I want to be clear.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s look at the casting news. Way back during this project’s humble beginnings, James Franco was rumored as being the choice to play Chuck Traynor, a pornographer and Lovelace’s longtime husband. That probably had something to do with his experience working with the directors in Howl. That bit of casting didn’t work out though, and the role eventually went to the equally-as-sleazy-as-Franco, Peter Sarsgaard (see An Education, yuck). Apparently that wasn’t the last of the Franco on Lovelace rumors, however, because Variety’s Showblitz is now reporting that the actor may be making a cameo in the film as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. That sounds like the sort of fun, low commitment gig that I could see Franco being into, so I’d say the chances of him appearing in this film are once again good.
And, aside from Franco, there are some other new names who will definitely be joining the cast. THR is reporting that the film has picked up Simpsons veteran Hank Azaria to play Deep Throat director Jerry Damiano, with Chris Noth and Bobby Cannavale set to play that film’s financiers, Anthony Romano and Butchie Peraino. Thank the lord that somebody is finally going to take the time to document the behind the scenes drama that went into producing Deep Throat, truly one of cinema’s greatest treasures.
These guys join a supporting cast that already includes names like Sharon Stone, Wes Bentley, and Juno Temple, so Lovelace should be a pretty star-studded affair. I just hope Lindsay Lohan never becomes rumored as doing a cameo, because then things will get really confusing.