"Howl" directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are looking to re-team with star James Franco, as the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to play pornographer Chuck Traynor in "Lovelace," the duo's biopic of "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelance, TheWrap has learned.
Kate Hudson has been offered the role of Lovelace and is expected to sign on once Franco's deal closes.
The project is based on Eric Danville's book "The Complete Linda Lovelace," and is not to be confused with Matthew Wilder's "Inferno," which has Malin Akerman ("Watchmen") lined up to play the troubled actress.
W. Merritt Johnson wrote the "Lovelace" script, which concerns her abusive marriage to Traynor, who she accused of coercing her into prostitution and pornography after leaving the adult film business.
Each of the competing Lovelace projects are still finalizing financing, and "Inferno" is expected to go before cameras first.
Deadline was first to report about the possible casting of Franco and Hudson in "Lovelace."