Hours after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last night, Lovelace closed a reported $3 million deal with RADiUS – TWC for its U.S. distribution rights. Starring Amanda Seyfried as the famous adult film star of the 1972 box-office phenomenon Deep Throat, the movie tells Linda Lovelace’s story, from her strict upbringing to her introduction to the porn business, which she later claimed was forced upon her by her abusive husband Chuck Trayner, played by Peter Sarsgaard. She later wrote a book chronicling her ordeal and became an outspoken advocate against pornography.
“I’ve always been drawn to complex, real life characters and Linda Lovelace is just that,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “Amanda leads an exceptional cast in a tour de force performance that will leave audiences speechless. We very much look forward to working with our good friends Avi Lerner and Mark Gill at Millennium on this highly seductive and triumphant film.”
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl), the all-star cast includes Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, Sharon Stone, Chloe Sevigny, and Juno Temple.
RADiUS is planning to release Lovelace in the fall.