Sarah Jessica Parker will play feminist activist Gloria Steinem in the porn star biopic "Lovelace," replacing Demi Moore, who recently dropped out of the film amid a health crisis.
Parker, 46, is best known for her role as sex writer Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO series "Sex and the City" and its film adaptations. Chris Noth, who played her love interest Mr. Big, also stars in "Lovelace" as one of the movie's financiers but will not have any scenes with Parker, a spokesperson for the movie told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement on Friday, January 27.
The film is about Linda Lovelace, who was dubbed the "first erotic superstar" and who rose to fame with the 1972 porn film "Deep Throat." The movie began filming on Dec. 20, 2011, weeks after Moore, 49, announced in November that she had decided to end her six-year marriage to Ashton Kutcher, 33.
"Sarah Jessica Parker has been cast as Gloria Steinem in 'Lovelace,' opposite Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard," a spokesperson for the production told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement on Friday, January 27. "Parker is replacing Demi Moore in the role of the iconic author and activist."
Moore, who has appeared thinner than usual in recent months, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Monday night after Los Angeles City Fire Department received a 911 call from her home.
In a recording of it that was released on Friday, an unidentified woman tells the dispatcher that "Demi" "smoked something. It's not marijuana but it's ... similar to incense. And she seems to be having convulsions of some sort."
(listen to the 911 call made from Demi Moore's home here).
Moore's spokesperson later said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com: "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."
The actress' rep did not comment about whether Moore was currently in a hospital or whether her treatment program would take place inside a medical facility.
Parker last appeared on the big screen in the ensemble cast film "New Year's Eve," which was released in December and has made $141 million, including $54 million in the United States. Also in 2011, she appeared in the comedy "I Don't Know How She Does It," which flopped at the box office amid the re-release of Disney's "The Lion King" in 3D.
Moore appeared in several films released in 2011, including the small-budget movies "Margin Call," which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and "Another Happy Day." In addition, she also directed a short film for Lifetime's "Five" series about breast cancer patients. "She also stars with Miley Cyrus in the new movie "LOL," which is expected to be released later in the year.
'LOVELACE' CAST INCLUDES JAMES FRANCO, CHLOE SEVIGNY
Moore's spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com in early January that Moore had signed on to play Steinem in "Lovelace" and that Moore had even been in contact with the woman herself. On Thursday, the actress' rep said: "She is not doing the film."
"Lovelace" is tentatively set for release later this year. The title role is played by Seyfried, who rose to fame with the 2004 film "Mean Girls" with Lindsay Lohan and also starred on the HBO series "Big Love" as the daughter of a polygamist.
Seyfried, 26, has played racy roles before. The blonde actress appeared nude in a lesbian sex scene with "Boogie Nights" actress Julianne Moore in the 2009 film "Chloe." In recent celebrity photos from the set of "Lovelace" near Los Angeles, Seyfried sports brunette hair and several scantily clad outfits, including one that includes booty shorts and high boots, as seen on the website Just Jared.
Lovelace's real name was Linda Boreman. She died in 2002 at age 53 in a car crash. In "Lovelace," Sarsgaard plays Chuck Traynor, her first husband. Lovelace said in her 1980 autobiography "Ordeal" that he 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."
James Franco, 33, plays Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner in "Lovelace."
"He wrapped his scenes yesterday," the film's spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday.
Sharon Stone, 58, plays Lovelace's mother. Her father will be portrayed by Robert Patrick, who played Bud Maybury on "Big Love" and the evil cyborg T-1000 in the 1991 film "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."
Chloe Sevigny, who is 37 and who played sister wife Nicolette Grant on "Big Love," portrays a "feminist reporter on an assignment from a men's mag to find out who the real Linda Lovelace is," the film's spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Others confirmed cast members include "The Simpsons" star Hank Azaria as the director of "Deep Throat," "Entourage" actress Debi Mazar and Adam Brody of "The O.C. as Lovelace's co-stars, Juno Temple as her best friend, "Battle Los Angeles" actor Cory Hardrict as radio DJ Frankie Crocker and Eric Roberts as a lie detector expert.
Wes Bentley stars as Lovelace's second husband Larry Marchiano. The two had a son and a daughter together before divorcing in 1996.