“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” isn’t the only project that has trouble hanging onto actresses. There’s been two dueling biopics about 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace in development for years, but thus far neither has managed to get anything past the pre-production stage. Today there is apparently movement on one of them, as Variety reports Amanda Seyfried has replaced formerly attached Kate Hudson in “Lovelace.” Peter Sarsgaard is also in talks to play her pornographer husband Chuck Traynor.
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will direct the film which is adapted from Eric Danville’s book “The Complete Linda Lovelace” by W. Merritt Johnson and Andy Bellin. Hudson had been attached to the role before becoming pregnant, and as she fell out, James Franco – originally attached to Traynor – did as well. A rival project from writer-director Matthew Wilder, “Inferno”, has had Malin Akerman attached since last November and has had its share of actress-revolving-doors as well, with Akerman replacing Lindsay Lohan. Anna Faris, Rose McGowan and Olivia Wilde had all had something to do with one or the other at one point as well.
Seyfried, one of the lackey “Mean Girls” of 2004 and Meryl Streep’s daughter in big screen musical “Mamma Mia!”, recently made a name for herself playing the leading lady in weepy romantic dramas like “Dear John” and “Letters to Juliet”. She can currently be seen opposite Justin Timberlake in Andrew Niccol’s futuristic sci-fi thriller “In Time.”