Demi Moore is set to play feminist activist and writer Gloria Steinem in the new film "Lovelace," which focuses on late porn star Linda Lovelace.
The real actress scored her breakthrough role with the 1972 film "Deep Throat," considered by many to be the most famous adult movie of all time. Lovelace said in her 1980 autobiography "Ordeal" that her first husband, Chuck Traynor, forced her to marry him, beat her and forced her into performing "unspeakable perversions on film."
Steinem, 77, was a founding member of the New York-based feminist group "Women Against Pornography" and wrote about Lovelace in a 1980 article in Ms. Magazine, in which she said Traynor forced the actress into prostitution. That year, Lovelace took part in one of the group's New York protests that called for theater owners to stop showing "Deep Throat."
Steinem's spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Tuesday, January 3, that the writer has been in contact with Moore regarding the role. The 49-year-old actress is one of several stars to have recently joined the cast of "Lovelace," as are Adam Brody, formerly of the show "The O.C.," who will play "Deep Throat" co-star Harry Reems and Eric Roberts, who will portray lie detector expert Nat Laurendi, The Hollywood Reporter said.The actress died in 2002 at age 53. Traynor passed away three months later, at age 64. "Lovelace" is being made with the cooperation of the late actress' estate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Amanda Seyfried plays Lovelace herself, while Peter Sarsgaard will play Traynor. The movie is one of two feature films currently being developed about the actress.
"Lovelace" also stars Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick as the late star's parents, Wes Bentley as her second husband Larry Marchiano, Bobby Cannavale and "Sex and the City" actor Chris Noth as financiers of "Deep Throat" and "The Simpsons" star Hank Azaria as its director. James Franco is reportedly set to make a cameo as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
Kirstie Alley portrayed Steinem in the 1985 television film "A Bunny's Tale," which showcased the writer's undercover investigation of the women working as "Bunnies" at Playboy clubs.
Moore has been in the news in recent months due to her separation from husband and actor Ashton Kutcher.
Moore is also known for her own activism. She and Kutcher appeared at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in September 2010 to launch their charity's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign to end child trafficking and exploitation. The actress has also promoted feminist causes on Twitter, such as in a December 20 Tweet condemning police violence against female protestors in Egypt. Moore's Twitter account, which boasts a sexy background image of her wearing thigh-high boots, is followed by more than 4.4 million people.
Moore has herself played sexualized roles, including a stripper in the 1996 movie "Striptease." She also took on a very feminist role as a Navy SEAL fighter in the 1999 film "G.I. Jane."
Pictured above: Demi Moore attends the premiere of "Margin Call" on Oct. 17, 2011, in New York. / Gloria Steinem speaks at a news conference given by women's liberation activists in New York City on Dec. 17, 1970. / Porn star Linda Lovelace arrives at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 3, 1974.)