Akerman to replace Lohan in ‘Lovelace’

Thesp will topline biopic from helmer Matthew Wilder

Malin Akerman will topline Matthew Wilder’s “Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story,” replacing Lindsay Lohan.

The director confirmed the Akerman casting to Daily Variety and posted the announcement on his Facebook page. He also said principal photography will begin in February and added, “We are so honored to have Malin, and know that she will kill it.”

Muse Productions’ Chris Hanley will produce “Inferno” with Jordan Gertner.

Wilder will directing from his own screenplay, based on 1980’s “Ordeal: An Autobiography” by Lovelace and Mike McGrady. Lovelace became world famous in 1972, due to the massive success of “Deep Throat,” but renounced her pornography career in “Ordeal” and alleged that it had been forced upon by her sadistic husband.

Lovelace subsequently became allied with anti-pornography feminists. She died in 2002 following a traffic accident.

Lohan’s involvement with “Inferno” was announced earlier this year and she traveled to Cannes to help sell the film but Wilder indicated that the impossibility of insuring her required him to seek another actress. Lohan was ordered last month by a judge to remain at a rehabilitation facility until at least Jan. 3.

Akerman’s credits include “Watchmen,” “The Proposal,” “Couples Retreat” and “The Romantics.” Upcoming films include “Happythankyoumoreplease” and “Wanderlust.”

Wilder directed fantasy-drama “Your Name Here,” starring Bill Pullman and Traci Lords.

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