New Steven Soderbergh Project Promises Less Script, More Porn Star

Less than two weeks after the close read of Jenna Jameson's mainstream effort Zombie Strippers, we suppose we can call officially call porn crossover a movement. To wit: Word about Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming project The Girlfriend Experience has been circulating for a while now, but Variety confirms today with the added news bonus that the filmmaker could be looking for an "adult film actress" for his lead. Told from the perspective of a $10,000-a-night prostitute, the story is Soderbergh's latest in the minimally-scripted, low-budget series that began in 2005 with Bubble; the title refers to interludes involving kissing and other, more romantic intimacies not generally associated with sex-for-hire.

Which we take to mean will involve unsimulated sex onscreen a la Shortbus, Romance and 9 Songs — but that would be the easy part. Who has the other improv chops to play the lead in what Variety calls Soderbergh's "first exploration of sexual relationships since his breakthrough film, sex, lies & videotape?"

We don't study nearly enough porn to guess whom critic Glenn Kenny's referring to today when mentioning "an adult starlet who recently cited Catherine Breillat as a hero of hers" or another actress who "likes to drop Descartes during interviews." But we trust that our loyal, knowingly pervy readers will have a few casting suggestions of their own as we connect the dots. We're assuming (hoping?) Jameson is out. Among the rest, your crossover clues are as good as (if not better than) ours. Take it away!