Of Course James Franco Is Playing Hugh Hefner in the Linda Lovelace Biopic

If there are two subjects on which we’ve reached pop-culture saturation point this year, they are James Franco and the Linda Lovelace biopic. Franco has already been in the news once this week, for supposedly getting an NYU professor who gave him a low grade fired. And few days have gone by without a nano-update on Lovelace, which was supposed to star Lindsay Lohan and now stars Amanda Seyfried. So it seemed almost inevitable that Franco would find his way into the production, and now he has — the actor/artist/musician/novelist/etc. is reportedly “deep in talks” to play none other than Hugh Hefner. The walking meme would join a cast that includes, along with Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, and Hank Azaria. Also worth nothing: While the long-delayed movie hasn’t finalized its cast yet, it has already begun shooting. [via MTV News]