Filming for the Linda Lovelace biopic started in December but the directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, have been forced to make a few cast changes as Demi Moore’s dropped out to be replaced by Chloe Sevigny.
The film’s been through a lot of changes since last year when Kate Hudson was lined up to play the lead and James Franco was down for a role as her husband Chuck Traynor. Now it’s Amanda Seyfried who’s taking the lead and Peter Sarsgaard who will be playing Traynor.
The story remains largely unchanged – Lovelace was cast in the infamous porn film Deep Throat which made her an overnight success. But following a life full of ups and downs she went on to write a scathing memoir about her time, before becoming an anti-porn campaigner.
Demi Moore was down to play MS Magazine founder Gloria Steinem who wrote a series of articles about Lovelace’s life. She’s dropped out to seek “professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health,” (unsurprising considering she was hospitalised on Monday night for rumoured substance abuse).
Sevigny will be playing a feminist journalist determined to find out the truth behind the real Linda for a men’s magazine. Oddly, that’s not a direct replacement in roles, so could the Steinem character have been dropped entirely?
The cast is shaping up to be a corker and includes Hank Azaria, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Adam Brody, Robert Patrick, Bobby Carnavale, Chris Noth, Wes Bentley, Romeo Brown and Eric Roberts. James Franco will instead have a cameo as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.