Adult film star Sasha Grey is eyeing a role alongside Jeremy Piven, Thomas Jane, and Rob Lowe in I Melt With You. Zander Eckhouse, Abhi Sinha and Arielle Kebbel are also joining the cast of Mark Pellington’s microbudgeted drama.
The Hollywood Reporter provided a more detailed plot summary for the dark thriller. The film will follow “a group of college buddies (Jane, Lowe and Piven) who, now as adults, look within themselves and find emptiness when they have their annual summer reunion.” Says THR. “They resurrect a pact they vowed to live, die and kill by.” Grey, who made her clothed acting debut in Steven Soderberg’s The Girlfriend Experience last year, will play Raven, a “free spirit” who “helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death”. Eckhouse will play her boyfriend.
I Melt With You started off as a fairly mundane navel-gazer, but the more we learn about it the more absurd it seems. It’s been years since Jeremy Piven was able to act without getting “mercury poisoning”, and then there’s the budget, which is supposedly under one million dollars. We’re not sure what to make of Grey, either. Not that the porn star-come-actress (sorry) isn’t capable, her performance in The Girlfriend Experience was generally praised, but the fact that someone decided to cast a porn star and use her to discuss Buddhist philosophy seems like a strange leap of logic.
Rob Cowan (The Crazies) and Norm Reiss, who worked with Pellington on last year’s Henry Poole Is Here, are producing the film, with Neil Labute, Heidi Levitt, Aaron Gilbert and Thomas Jane executive producing.