LiLo's maybe co-star, porn actor James Deen
June 13th, 2012
11:42 AM ET

LiLo's maybe co-star, porn actor James Deen

Casting on Bret Easton Ellis' new project "The Canyons" isn't quite complete, according to the movie's Facebook page, but tweets from Ellis suggest that he's locked down star power to headline the film. Porn star power, to be exact.

Ellis revealed Tuesday that he'd snapped up Lindsay Lohan to co-star opposite 26-year-old James Deen, a fan favorite porn star who at this point could change his name to "The Porn Star (You Wish Lived) Next Door," as it's his everyday-guy accessibility that fans love him for.

Written by Ellis and to be directed by "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" scribe Paul Schrader,  "The Canyons" is an L.A.-based thriller focused on a group of five 20-somethings on a quest for "power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood," according to the project's Kickstarter page. (The film reached its financing goal four days ago.)

Judging from Ellis' tweets, Lohan has been cast as Tara, the girlfriend and former model of Deen's character Christian, a wealthy "film producer [who] enjoys filming his own three-way sex sessions," describes IndieWire's Playlist.

(Ellis tweeted Tuesday that he was "beyond thrilled," and "could not have dreamed of a better cast." Lohan, he said, "nailed it." CNN's reached out to Lohan's reps for comment.)

According to the New York Observer, Ellis sees in the prolific Deen what his rapt fanbase, filled with fairly young women, also see in him: "There are these weird long flashes of tenderness that you don't really see in straight pornography," Ellis said. "He doesn't look like those mastodons with bleached hair and their waxed pecs flexing. It's a more democratized look."

At 5'8 and on the slender side, he's also pretty familiar - the Observer describes him as "that cute boy from your high school Spanish class," while Jezebel tagged him "as an empathetic Jewish boy with a naughty side."

But it's not just his look that fans are into - it's also his performance.

Even with the quote-unquote "kinkier" stuff, Deen's attentiveness to his partner is admired. GOOD magazine's profile of the porn star explains that Deen has "carved out a niche in the porn industry by looking like the one guy who doesn't belong there," adding that if  "you're interested in watching a young, heterosexual nonrepulsive man engage in sex, Deen is basically it."

ABC's "Nightline" described his appeal as being "a porn star who holds hands with his leading ladies, who gazes into their eyes and is quick to be romantic."

For his part, Deen told the news program, "When I have sex on camera, I pretty much just have sex the way I normally have sex" - a quality that Ellis is likely looking to have in "The Canyons."

It's been reported that the part Deen's said to be signed on to has nudity as a requirement, and will also display explicit sex scenes to further character and plot development.

Ellis said via Twitter Tuesday that production's set to begin July 9 in L.A.


Filed under: Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • movies

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. judekingsley

    I think the man has a big deck

    October 10, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
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    July 13, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. MilitaryAF

    Funny that a porn star will be opposite Lohan. I wonder if the name 'canyons' came from what's between her legs?

    June 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    He might catch something from her.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zaglossus

    Some porn stars almost seem respectable and classy compared to some of the crud (Lohan, The Jersey Shore, Toddlers in Tiaras) that passes for mainstream entertainment today.

    June 15, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. yoshiknows

    Of course, if you make a film about LA and its trashy citizens, you have to put in a trashy porn star. This is not America folks, this is trash through and through.

    June 15, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Herp Derp Derp

    We are all naked underneath our clothes.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lLeon David Peris

    Great future waiting for this man.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Calaizzo

    he is one of our best.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Buurton

    Lilo's next movie will be "My Brakes Failed!" Sort of like a mashup of "Speed" and "Dude Who Stole My Car." Only not.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rexedie

    he spent years in the bathroom, developing his acting skills. he can probably write his name on the wall with sht, too.
    amazing talent !!!! James Dean, is rolling over in his grave (no pun intended)

    June 14, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. ktina

    Are you serious????

    June 14, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Smells Like Fish

    Compared to LiLo, even a porn star looks classy. Porn actors are used to doing weird and disgusting things, so it shouldn't be too hard to work with her. I'm not knocking porn, but those guys do one thing really well, and it isn't acting!

    June 14, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. saggyroy

    Must be planning on a real stinker if they have to stoop this low to sell tix.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Maria Lopez

    James Deen – the nice Jewish boy of every woman's dreams!

    June 14, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • dee

      No, I would say Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anton Yelchin, Alden Ehrenreich, etc. are the nice Jewish boys of every woman's dreams.

      June 18, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  16. rynzi

    James Deen rocks some serious socks. :D Hope this turns out ok!

    June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jaimie

    So what................

    June 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Miami

    Does this mean we get to finally see Lindsey's bare breasts on the big screen?

    June 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lone

    "The sky is falling! Hollywood is a ruin! Porn actors in mainstream movies with human wrecks because it makes headlines. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Think of the children! CNN has a tabloid-like section, who knew with this pink and black?! The sky is falling!".
    What a surprise.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. smather2175

    Yep, Lindsey Lohan is perfect casting for a movie about a porn star.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Freedom 1964

    "Oscar, Oscar"!

    June 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. shelly

    Lilo? CNN is becoming more & more like one of those gossip mags you find near the cash registers. Pathetic.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. justsayin'

    Is LiLo for sure pure lez or bi or what? Sounds like a match made in....somewhere.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. the_dude

    Wow this movie sounds......great...uhhhh...yeah

    June 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Timme62

    Bet his mama Paula will be so proud.......

    June 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Cheese Wonton

    He's probably the only man who would stoop so low as to have you know what with Lindsay Lohan. She is the ultimate turn off.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOE

      IS JOAN RIVERS STILL ALIVE?

      June 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleareye1

      Lohan may think playing Elizabeth Taylor will give her enough class to overcome this kind of humiliation. It won't.

      June 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I'd knock the crap out of her. She is a train wreck, but she is still hot.

      June 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Marcus

    It would be ilarious if he refused to do nude scenes with her. LMAO

    June 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  28. God

    Great thread! A porn star makes it onto mainstream TV and a bunch of drama-queen Puritans sound the alarm that Americans no longer have morals or self-respect. No one with morals or self-respect would be as narrow-minded as some of you floaters.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • رهملا لتيليدلب

      No one care what you think, infidel.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      And no one cares what you think, Habib. "Infidel"? What is this 1200 A.D.? When you die, I hope you enjoy warm weather cuz I'm sending you on a little camping trip.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      "Lilo NAILED IT" says the porn star. You can't make this stuff up rofl

      June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pinky Muscadero

      Oh Noes God, now Habib is going to make this the mother of all threads.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Infidel

      I guess that makes you "fidel" then? You're right... I'm on par with your Allah and no one cares what I think either.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. asdf

    This happened because of Kickstarter?? WHO DONATED MONEY TO THIS???

    June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      1. "It" didnt "happen because of kickstarter" – thats just where they happened to decide to raise funding.

      2. PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT IT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD IDEA FOR A SHOW DONATED TO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. mnkylv

    Editors? This author needs a grammar lesson or two.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert

      HA! I am sitting here reading the first few lines and all I can think is "WHAT???" What a mess...Go back to high school and learn to write

      June 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Texas Annie

    First of all, I don't find this guy attractive at all based on the picture I'm seeing here.
    Secondly, if Lohan wants to make a serious comeback as an actress, this is NOT the way to do it. Apparently she is getting more of that "good advice" (not!) from her agents & advisors– the kind that seems to keep her in trouble one way or another. She needs to run as far away from this project as she possible can– and fast.
    And good gosh, when did porn become mainsteam? What the h*** has gone wrong in this country that anybody thinks this is okay! Don't people have any morals or self respect anymore?
    .

    June 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Generally, in porn, your face doesn't make you famous.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paco Raul

      No

      June 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Hey I would have to agree Texas Annie he doesn't look anything like James Dean and she should make better career choices if she wants to stay an A grade actor. I am not commenting on the guys looks other than I think that he is a poor choice to play James.

      June 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  32. DIRK DIGGLER

    I think is a sign that you may have made poor career choices when your co-star has done porn.

    Not exactly the Royal Theatre and Richard the III...

    June 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      So all of the people (emmy winners) on Entourage have made bad career choices?

      June 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. رهملا لتيليدلب

    "...will also display explicit s3x scenes to further character and plot development."

    This what drunken Americans believe? Surely their some among you seeing how wrong this be? Only one on here object to p0rno is woman. Good seeing there still chaste woman in country of sicks. This giving me a hope for US future not steeped in promiscuity and civilian casualties. Tiny hope though. Because everywhere I go I see news about this demon-crotched Lindsay. Is either her or Cardassian hoker always be poisoning thinks. It keep up this way and Hilary going to seize country in 2012.

    Also, Ellis is being washed up hack for years now.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • YOu're kidding, right?

      Ooooh. Those Cardassians! They were certainly a pain for Major Kira and Ben Sisko. I wouldn't be surprised if they're the reason that Jadzia Dax died.

      But the irony of your post lies less in the Alpha Quadrant than in your own sick mind. You and the rest of the middle Eastern religions (Christianity included) should abide by your own rules before forcing them on others.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • solex

      I get pretty tired of Arabs spewing their nonsense about "promiscuous america" when I see groups of Arab men drooling over American women all the time.

      And although we may objectify women, at least we don't make them dress in bee keeper suits, treat them like chattel, beat and kill them after they get raped (mostly by Arab men) and we allow them to go to school and drive cars.

      So you moralizing to us is the most self-centered nonsense EVER.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      first thing those rich Arabs do when they get to the US is go to the strip bars. You call Americans hypocrites! The only reason you keep your women covered up is because they're ugly as homemade sin.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nino

    wow, amazing how the media is trying to promote this "porn star".. Nightline describeds him as someone "who gazes into their eyes and is quick to be romantic".. yea you forgot to add " While f*****g a different woman every other hour".. really CNN? this is the garbage that you try to promote? F'n media, the death of morality.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Look another one...

      It's a multi-billion dollar industry. Your post says "no" but your wallets say yes apparently.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Rebbeca

    TRASH WORKING WITH TRASH NUFF SAID!!

    June 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Really

    check out kink.com...he's a regular cast member

    June 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. John

    I bet Lindsey will love working with a porn star. I would bet that they will end up in bed together off stage, and we'll see them all over the news

    June 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      @John, I don't know if she'd end up in bed him since she's a lesbian, plus she's too busy crashing her cars and stalking that hideous Samantha-what's-her name.
      I have a piece of advice for this James guy – if you do hop into bed with Lohan, just don't get in a car with her.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pot Kettle

      I can't help but point and laugh at you. So tell me....would you a.) Turn down the money? OR b.) Turn down a porn star? I'm betting neither.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleareye1

      Porn is the realm of the loser. Even pretending to be a porn star will finish a career. Nothing is required of them that anyone else would refuse to do based on their possession of a smidgen of dignity.

      June 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Even pretending to be a porn star will finish a career"

      Yeah, Boogie Nights was a career ender for Mark Wahlberg.

      Oh wait, it was his breakout role.

      Never mind.

      June 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  38. jujubeans

    Hopefully it'll be R-Rated with Lindsay showing a lot of skin!

    June 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. HollyWeirdMustBurn

    this has disaster written all over it.....

    June 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  40. jen

    porn is mainstream now???

    well there goes america's soul

    June 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      Unless it turns out that the American-puritan version of morality and god is somewhat inaccurate. In which case its more of a case of "there goes America's bodily fluids".

      June 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChipDeluca

      Its been mainstream since the 90's.....come out from under your puritan rock.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      right, THERE it goes...because it was so pure and chaste up until now.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pronghorn

      Perhaps you should get a group of Puritans together and set sail in the Mayflower in search of a place where people have souls. Bon Voyage!

      June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Yeah, porn actors doing mainstream stuff is the 'downfall of America,' the priests buggering little boys while the Catholic Church turns a blind eye is irrelevant!

      June 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ashley P.

    He looks like Mike Seavers from Growing Pains.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. HG

    @PlayCracktheSky- now do you understand my comment? I did google "the canyons". If this doesn't sound like, at least, soft porn, I don't know what does. I was also joking around, too. Lighten up, buddy.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |

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