Amanda Seyfried in Negotiations to Play Linda Lovelace in Biopic
Amanda Seyfried is in talks to join Lovelace, the biopic about Linda Lovelace, the 1970s-era porn star best known for her performance in Deep Throat.
Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to play Lovelace's husband, Chuck Traynor.
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will direct the film, from a script by W. Merritt Johnson and Andy Bellin.
The script is based on The Complete Linda Lovelace, a biography by Eric Danville that was published in 2001, one year before Lovelace died. Avi Lerner, Jason Weinberg, Jim Young, Heidi Jo Markel and Laura Rister are producing.
Several actors have circled the high-profile project. At one point, James Franco and Kate Hudson were attached to play the duo. Deep Throat was a sensation when it was released in 1972, and catapulted Lovelace to stardom.
Seyfried can currently be seen in thriller In Time; her upcoming projects include comedy The Wedding and thriller Gone.
Lovelace is competing with another biopic about the adult film actress. That project, Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, would star Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon and is from Muse Productions.
Epstein and Friedman previously directed Howl, which starred Franco and debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Seyfried is represented by Innovative Artists. Sarsgaard is represented by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and attorney Jodi Peikoff.
Epstein and Friedman are represented by WME and Apostle Management.