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James Franco in talks for Hugh Hefner role

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Franco could play Playboy legend Hugh Hefner in the new biopic being made about porn icon Linda Lovelace.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in talks to cameo as the Playboy founder and looks set to step in if the date can be worked out.

Lovelace sees Amanda Seyfried playing the woman who starred in one of the most famous porn films of all time, Deep Throat.

Filming is due to begin next week in LA and already has a very starry cast, including Peter Sarsgaard as her husband, Chuck Traynor, and Hank Azaria as Jerry Damiano, the director of Deep Throat. Find out more

Sharon Stone, Juno Temple and Wes Bentley are also among the ensemble.

Ironically, Franco – who was last seen in summer blockbuster hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes – was originally in talks to play Chuck Traynor before stepping aside.

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are co-directing Lovelace.

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