James Franco could re-team with his Howl directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, for their next project. Variety reports that he’s in talks to make a cameo appearance as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in Lovelace.
Set to star Amanda Seyfried in the title role of Linda Lovelace (opposite Peter Sarsgaard), this film version is seperate from a rival biopic entitled Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. That version is set to be written and director by Matthew David Wilder and Malin Akerman is attached to play the leading role. Instead, Lovelace is based on Eric Danville’s biography “The Complete Linda Lovelace.” The film follows Linda Boreman’s rise to fame as iconic porn star Linda Lovelace of 1972’s “Deep Throat,” and her subsequent transformation into feminist, anti-porn activist Linda Marchiano. The story is told through the perspective of three interviewers at various stages of her life.
Franco last appeared in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and has, for the past few months, been shooting Oz the Great and Powerful, re-teaming with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi.
Now in production in Los Angeles, the supporting cast of Lovelace includes Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple.
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