By Kate Ward
November 21, 2010 at 03:45 PM EST


Though a rep for Inferno director Matthew Wilder told EW that the actress replacing Lindsay Lohan as Linda Lovelace would not be announced until Monday, Malin Akerman’s rep has confirmed that the Watchmen star will topline the film. Deadline also reported that Akerman was a lock for the role last night, since “producers loved [her].” The swap might appear somewhat surprising — the 32-year-old comedic actress seems a far cry from the 24-year-old former Disney star  — but the move makes sense for Akerman, who has been flexing her muscles on the indie circuit as of late in films like The Bang Bang Club and Happythankyoumoreplease. And the actress is no stranger to on-screen raunch — just check out her Watchmen sex scene.

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