Sasha Grey eyes role in 'I Melt With You'

8:00 PM PST 07/28/2010 by Borys Kit, AP

Three other actors also joining low-budget drama

Sasha Grey, the adult-film star who toplined Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience," is in negotiations to join the cast of "I Melt With You," the low-budget drama being directed by Mark Pellington.

Grey, along with Zander Eckhouse, Abhi Sinha and Arielle Kebbel, are joining Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven in the drama, which Pellington wrote with Glen Porter.

The character drama follows a group of college buddies (Jane, Lowe and Piven) who, now as adults, look within themselves and find emptiness when they have their annual summer reunion. They resurrect a pact they vowed to live, die and kill by.

Grey will play a character named Raven, described as a free spirit who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death.

Eckhouse plays Grey's idealistic writer boyfriend. Sinha is a medical student, and Kebbel is a young hostess.

The movie shoots in Northern California next month.

Neil LaBute, Aaron Gilbert, Heidi Levitt and Jane are exec producing. Lowe, Rob Cowan and Norman Reiss are producing.

For Grey, a major name in the adult film world, "Melt" continues her path toward the mainstream acting world. Soderbergh audaciously made her the centerpiece of his 2009 movie, and the actress, repped by New School Media, received solid notices for her dramatic debut.

Eckhouse, repped by Main Title Entertainment, is a series regular on "Huge," the new ABC Family series starring Nikki Blonsky.

Sinha, with credits including "How I Met Your Mother" and "CSI: Miami," appears in David Fincher's "The Social Network." He is repped by Rebel Entertainment and Main Title.

Kebbel, repped by ICM and Management 360, appeared in DreamWorks' "The Uninvited."
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