“In Time” star Amanda Seyfried is in talks to play adult film star Linda Lovelace in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s drama “Lovelace.”
Peter Sarsgaard, who was last seen as the villain in “Green Lantern,” is in early talks to portray her pornographer husband Chuck Traynor.
W. Merritt Johnson and Andy Bellin wrote the script, which is based on Eric Danville’s book “The Complete Linda Lovelace.”
Eclectic Pictures’ Heidi Jo Markel will produce with Untitled’s Laura Rister and Jason Weinberg, as well
as Jim Young of Animus Films. Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner will exec produce.
Lovelace is the infamous star of the 1972 porn flick “Deep Throat,” which is one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time. She was just a Florida schoolgirl named Linda Boreman when she met Traynor, a would-be filmmaker who transformed her into a world-famous sex star.
After years of being victimized, Lovelace quit the business and divorced Traynor, who she accused of taking advantage of her naivete and coercing her into porn and prostitution.
Epstein and Friedman’s “Howl” star James Franco and Kate Hudson were previously attached to star before Hudson became pregnant.
“Lovelace” is expected to start production in January, the same month that helmer Matthew Wilder’s rival project, “Inferno,” is slated to go before cameras. Based on Lovelace’s autobiography “Ordeal,” film stars Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon as Lovelace and Traynor, as well as Paz de la Huerta in a supporting role.
Seyfried, who next stars in Heitor Dhalia’s thriller “Gone,” recently wrapped Justin Zackham’s comedy “The Wedding.”
She’s repped by Innovative Artists, while CAA and Authentic Talent and Literary Management rep Sarsgaard.
Partners on the project are Millennium Films, Eclectic Pictures and Untitled Entertainment. Eclectic’s Heidi Joe Markel, Animus Films’ Jim Young and Untitled’s Laura Rister and Jason Weinberg are producing. Millennium’s Avi Lerner is exec producing.
While checking for Amanda news on IMDB.com I notice there is a new film listed for her Breaking Waves I am still looking for information but will let you know what I find. IMDB can be wrong at times but let’s hope for another project for Amanda.
This is the first I am seeing on this one so I will try to track down some more information but it looks like Amanda has another movie set up to start filming soon?
According to Wicked Leaked, a new movie called The Bullet will be shot in Boston this spring.
Though we have found little additional information about the movie, it is apparently “a dark thriller about a man only known as ‘The Clockmaker’ who devises the ultimate plot of revenge against a seemingly random group of people by manipulating them to kill one another.” Amanda Seyfried and John Cusack are set to star.
Michigan is also mentioned as a potential filming location but given the current state of their tax incentives, producers may be looking for a replacement location.
Another new project has been unveiled at the European Film Market in Berlin: Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone, from Summit Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel.
Summit has scooped up domestic distribution to the project. Lakeshore and Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures/Affinity will now begin selling the project to foreign buyers in Berlin.
Buzzed-about Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia begins lensing Gone in April from a script by Allison Burnett.
Hollywood has been wanting to get into business with Dhalia, who makes his English-language debut with Gone.
The thriller revolves around a young woman named Jill (Seyfried) who returns home from her night shift to find her sister’s bed empty. She’s convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job.
But the police do not believe Jill, who knows time is running out. With no one to turn to, she sets off to find her sister and face her abductor once and for all.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the thriller alongside Sidney Kimmel, Chris Salvaterra and Dan Abrams.
Gone reunites Seyfried and Summit for the third time after Dear John and Letters to Juliet.
“We are very excited to be distributing this film and working once again with both Lakeshore and Amanda,” said Summit co-chair Rob Friedman, adding it is the first time the company has partnered with Sidney Kimmel.
Rosenberg said Seyfried is the “perfect actress to play the smart and fearless heroine in Gone.”
Seyfried is next in theaters in Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, which opens March 11, followed by Andrew Niccol’s Now in October.
Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists. Dhalia is repped by WME, and Burnett, the Gersh Agency.
Unless you’re a die hard Scott Pilgrim vs. the World fan, the name Mark Webber may not sound familiar — but it soon will. The indie actor wrote, directed, and stars in an untitled film about a struggling single father who is trying to raise his two year old son in the wake of the child’s mother’s death. The movie mirrors Webber’s own life, and he cast his own two-year-old as his son in the movie.
Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Shannyon Sossamon and Amanda Seyfried either co-star or cameo as “heightened versions of themselves.” The movie is being shot for well under a million dollars and has virtually no crew — just a director of photography and a sound person. Webber is producing the film through his company Poor Rich Kids.
According to Deadline Amanda has officially lost out on the role of Daisy in The Great Gatsby as it has been given to Carey Mulligan. Also today it is being reported that Amanda has been replaced my Mia Wasikowska in the movie Albert Nobbs. You can read that here.
I am sure Amanda has more projects lined up and we will still be seeing a lot of her.
Last we heard about Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby the director had begun workshopping his script with actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Rebecca Hall. The news was confirmation of a previous story that Luhrman had picked up the project again, only actress Amanda Seyfried was the one being considered for the role of Daisy. Turns out that Hall and Seyfried aren’t the only ones being looked at.
Deadline says that they have heard some names being dropped in regard to the the role of Daisy Buchanan in the potential Luhrman adaptation and it’s chock full of names that you expect. Included on the supposed list include actresses Hall, Seyfried, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. It would be nearly impossible to deny the legitimacy of this list seeing as those eight actresses have been up for nearly every major female role that has been talked about for the last year. It is unknown if Luhrman has been in contact with any of the actresses outside of Hall and Seyfried.
It’s strange to be speculating about this film so soon, considering Luhrman hasn’t even committed to making it yet. For all we know, this project may not be made for another five years, and, if that’s the case, the list above will be meaningless. The purpose of the workshopping phase is for Luhrman to see if the script he has written with partner Craig Pearce is even good enough to start production. Until Luhrman decides that the work is good enough and give the project his own personal green light, everything we hear about this movie is speculation.
According to IMDB Amanda’s in talks for the 2013 film Cinderella. Here’s some info I found on the film.
Deadline is reporting that Walt Disney Pictures has made a 7-figure pitch deal for a live action re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, to be written by The Devil Wears Prada/27 Dresses scribe Aline Brosh McKenna.
It is unknown how much, if any, the new take will deviate from the original. I assume that the new project is either a modern day adaptation or a Pirates-like period film with an action comedy twist. Ths is just a guess on my part — I doubt we’ll be seeing a live-action adaptation in the same style as the 101 Dalmations film from years back. Simon Kinberg will produce. Speculation is that it could be shot and distributed in 3D.
We will have to wait and see if this turns into anything.
Over at The Playlist they’ve been on the case of figuring out who will be joining the cast of P.T. Anderson’s untitled next project, which will star Philip Seymour Hoffman as the founder of a Scientology-esque cult and Jeremy Renner as his protege. When it seemed Reese Witherspoon
was considering a role, they were mystified, given that there were no female roles in the script large enough to accommodate a star as big as Witherspoon. But now it’s time for casting a small female role that makes a little more sense. They’ve picked up on a report in the print edition of Production Weekly that says Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll are in the running to play Elizabeth, the daughter of Hoffman and Witherspoon’s characters.
The role is apparently small but pretty juicy, and all three actresses seem like they might go for it. Seyfried has proven she’s fearless in her choices simply by opening Atom Egoyan’s sex-filled Chloe and the chaste and ridiculous Letters to Juliet within a month of each other. Stone is making a break for the big time with her starring role in The Help, and this fall’s Easy A may be poised to make her an even bigger star than she is now. And Woll is known entirely from her role as Jessica on True Blood, but has the added benefit of probably being the cheapest of the actresses on the list.
All this speculation about the casting is pretty useless, of course, because everyone knows we’ll all see whatever Anderson decides to make next, no matter who he puts in it. I’d honestly rather see Stone or Woll do it, just because Seyfried’s acting bona fides are pretty well proven by now and it’d be nice to see someone untested get the part. But again, all trust goes to Paul Thomas– he hasn’t led us astray yet.