Accustomed to working with A-list stars, Steven Soderbergh may look to a different arena when casting the lead in "The Girlfriend Experience."
According to Variety, Soderbergh is expected to take a low-budget approach to the drama from screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien, making it the second film in his six-project commitment to Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's HDNet label.
The trade paper says that "The Girlfriend Experience" looks at the world of prostitution, specifically focusing on a $10,000-a-night escort, adding that "rather than go for star power, Soderbergh may set an adult film actress to play the lead role." Why does Variety think this is likely? No reason is given.
"The Girlfriend Experience" would be shot in 14 days, using the same semi-improvisational methods Soderbergh brought to "Bubble," the first project from the HDNet deal. Koppelman and Levien haven't written a full script so much as a series of dramatic beats based on a series of interviews with expensive escorts who make a handsome living as ideal sexual partners for wealthy men.
Soderbergh isn't in any rush to get to "The Girlfriend Experience, though." The director is putting the finishing touches on his two-part biopic of Che Guevara, set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. From there he's expected to move on to "The Informant," starring Matt Damon.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times