Olivia Wilde is climbing up the career ladder at a pretty remarkable speed. This time last year, most people only knew her as “the girl from House,” but roles in films like Tron: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens are helping her reach a much wider audience. And even if a movie like Legacy isn’t showered with praise by critics, her performance is noted as a highlight. Lord knows that doesn’t hurt.
She might be getting a starring, risky role in the near future, because E! (via /Film) caught up with the actress, and she told them that she’s considering starring in the biopic Lovelace. Telling the story of Deep Throat actress Linda Lovelace, it’s being helmed by Academy Award-winning directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein.
Saying that playing her “would be a tremendous honor,” she went on to described her as a “fascinating woman—with where she came from to Deep Throat to then working with Gloria Steinem and Nora Ephron.” It seems evident that she has been looking into the woman as research for the role, which serves as something of a sign that she might take the part.
James Franco — who was the star of Howl, their Allen Ginsberg film from last year — has been rumored to play Chuck Traynor, who was both her husband and porn colleague. Any sort of legacy he may have had has been tainted by allegations of forcing Lovelace into porn and prostitution by abusing and hypnotizing her. We don’t know for sure if he’ll actually be appearing; this was at a time when Kate Hudson was said to star, but she’s clearly off this. It doesn’t mean he is, but it just shows that it’s been a while since we really heard anything about him or this project.
There’s another movie in the works about the woman, titled Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. Originally set to star Lindsay Lohan, she was fired from the project and replaced by Malin Akerman; this will be directed by Matthew Wilder, who also wrote. I find myself more interested in Lovelace, mostly because the talent behind it seems more intriguing. Wilde is an unusual choice, because someone who’s in the mainstream, like her, wouldn’t normally take a role that is potentially this risque. That’s something you have to respect, and if Franco is also starring, then there’s a lot of potential here.
Would you want to see Wilde play Linda Lovelace? How do you think she would fit the part?