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James Franco, Kate Hudson To Linda Lovelace Biopic?

First Posted: 01/25/11 07:20 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

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This would be a new kind of role for an Oscar host: pornographer.

Deadline.com reports that James Franco is in talks to star in a film about porn legend Linda Lovelace, starring as Chuck Traynor, her one-time husband and production manager of the Lovelace porn classic, 'Deep Throat.'

In talks for the Lovelace role? Kate Hudson.

Franco has strong ties to the film: based on Eric Danville's book 'The Complete Linda Lovelace,' it'll be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the head honchos of Franco's indie Allen Ginsberg film, 'Howl.'

Lovelace later left Traynor, and wrote about her abusive relationship and the evils of the pornography business in a series of biographies in the 1980's, including the revealing 1986 book, 'Ordeal.'

The film, announced at last year's Sundance Film Festival, is looking for funds to get off the ground. This sort of star power may help.

Right now, Franco already has a busy year ahead of him; he's debuting a 'Three's Company' dramatic take at this year's Sundance, and is set to appear in an adventure comedy titled 'Your Highness' with Natalie Portman, John C. Reilly and Zoe Deschanel this spring. He'll also direct and star in two literary-based films, Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying' and Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian.'

For more, click over to Deadline.com.

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Filed by Jordan Zakarin  |