Lovelace, the Cannonball Run of competing Linda Lovelace biopics, has lost one of the many celebrities it’s recruited to class up the seedy story of the Deep Throat star (which is not unlike the original’s “porn chic” days when Jack Nicholson, Johnny Carson, and Truman Capote used to consider it a sophisticated night out). Unfortunately, Demi Moore has had to back away from playing feminist icon Gloria Steinem, a decision motivated by her recent hospitalization. According to her publicist, Moore will be indefinitely indisposed while seeking treatment for “exhaustion” and “the stresses in her life;” and according to everyone who’s familiar with publicists, Moore is probably in rehab for substance abuse.
Somewhere twixt the two and the next month or so of Us Weekly covers lies the truth, but the point is, Moore is in no state to deal with Linda Lovelace’s dramatized, decades-old problems right now. It’s unclear whether Moore will be replaced, but Deadline reports that Chloë Sevigny has now signed on for a very similar role—that of a feminist journalist assigned to write the story of how Amanda Seyfried’s Lovelace was forced to perform degrading sexual acts on screen by her narcissistic lover. Other things Chloë Sevigny has signed on for: endless jokes comparing this to The Brown Bunny.