Will Olivia Wilde Play Porn Star Linda Lovelace?

The Cowboys and Aliens star currently considering biopic from Academy Award-winning filmmakers.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Many of us are no doubt aware that Lindsey Lohan – you know, that Lindsey Lohan – was in and out (ha) of the running to play the titular (ha) porn star in Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, a biography of the Deep Throat star from writer/director Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here). Well, that film finally got underway with Watchmen star Malin Akerman in the lead role, but there's still plenty of Linda Lovelace movies to go around. It turns out that documentary filmmakers Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) and Rob Epstein (who won two Academy Awards, for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) are prepping another Linda Lovelace biopic, and Olivia Wilde is considering taking the lead.

It's interesting to follow all the casting news for the biography of porn stars, because the mind inevitably veers off into thinking about the actresses in questions simply starring in porn. I'm certain that there's a lot of mainstream actresses that audiences – male audiences, certainly – would like to see do just that, since these biographical films will most definitely be R-rated in nature. Otherwise they probably couldn't get the stars of Couples Retreat and Cowboys and Aliens involved.

Olivia Wilde revealed her intentions to star in Lovelace to E! Online, seeming very excited about the project. "It's such a cool role. She was a fascinating woman – with where she came from to Deep Throat to then working with Gloria Steinem and Nora Ephron. It's really fascinating." Lovelace, born Linda Boreman, indeed had a fascinating and even unsettling life, turning to porn at an early age and starring in various 8mm short films – including a notorious one called "Dogorama" (which had an alternate title we can't repeat here, even with the naughty words bleeped out) – before starring in one of porn's first breakout hits, Deep Throat. She suffered from an abusive relationship with her porn entrepreneur first husband Chuck Traynor (although some of her allegations have been disputed), and eventually she dropped out of movies altogether and joined the feminist anti-porn movement of the 1980s. Lovelace died in a car accident in 2002.

Dueling biopics tend to be a bad sign, with whichever movie coming out first usually getting the most attention (Capote, for example, became a major indie success while the other Truman Capote biopic, Infamous, remains relatively obscure despite excellent reviews). Time will tell if Lovelace even gets made, but although Wilde bears little resemblance to Lovelace physically, we have no doubt she'd play the part beautifully.

CRAVE Online will return with more Lovelace news as we promote Olivia Wilde for President.