"The Canyons" features Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, but don't expect them to appear in the first teaser trailer for "The Canyons." Cut together by cinematographer Joey Fantastico, the teaser for "The Canyons" looks like the opening credits to an MTV docu-series, but unfortunately doesn't feature either high-profile cast member.
The clip -- which gets some added emotional lift courtesy of the Dum Dum Girls song "Coming Down" -- was possibly filmed in and around Los Angeles in May (at least judging from the posters for May releases "Dark Shadows" and "Bernie" that litter the frame). Filming on "The Canyons" is underway now and ends July 31.
Written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, "The Canyons" is self-described as a "contemporary L.A. noir," and focuses on "the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and, ultimately, violence."
Lohan was cast back in June, after the project received funding via its Kickstarter campaign.
The film is already controversial because of the appearance of Deen, a male porn star who has broken through to the mainstream the way few male porn stars have ever managed. He was even the subject of a profile on ABC's "Nightline" earlier this year, because of his rabid following among young girls.
As for "The Canyons," while there is sex in the film, don't expect Lohan to engage in anything hardcore.
"This is not an adult film," Deen told Animal NY. "We are not trying to arouse people. If someone does get aroused, well, it happens. [...] It’s not graphic sex for the sake of graphic sex. In the script you don’t see anything like, ‘You see [Lindsay's character] turn around and flash her boobs!'"
"The Canyons" does not yet have a release date.