Lindsay Lohan will play '70s porn star Linda Lovelace in a new biopic about the Deep Throat actress, the film's producer says.
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The indie film Inferno will chronicle the life of Lovelace, who claimed in her 1980 biography that her first husband abused her and forced her into porn.
Anna Faris had previously been linked to Inferno. Producer Wali Razaqi confirmed Lohan's casting to TVGuide.com.
"We've all thought that Lindsay would be a great choice for a while now, and we're all convinced that she is going to do it," Razaqi told the Los Angeles Times. "For at least a year, the director [Matthew Wilder] and I have gone back and forth imagining how awesome of a performance she could give if she was in the movie."
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Razaqi said the film will follow "the difficult stuff [Lovelace] went through and overcame."
"I would say it's probably one of the most challenging roles any actor could play — and not because of the sexual content, necessarily — but more because she was so battered and beat up emotionally, that I think it's gonna take everything Lindsay has to really be able to pull it off," he said. "Not that Lindsay's life is similar in any way — but she's been through a lot of ups and downs. A lot of times you're loved and then you're hated, and I think she can relate to those emotions and feelings. One week she's the 'it' girl, and the next, she's the 'what are you doing?' girl."
Razaqi said he wasn't worried about Lohan's reputation for being difficult to work with. "I'll tell you this," he said, "if her behavior were a serious concern, I don't think we would have been going after her the way we did."
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The producer says an official announcement about the film's casting will be made at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
An email to Lohan's manager were not immediately returned.
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