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Kilmer To Play Late Porn Star

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Oct 01, 2002 | 8:39am EDT

Val Kilmer is going to Wonderland.

Variety reports the eclectic actor is set to play the late porn king John Holmes in the film, Wonderland, which revolves around the 1981 involvement of Holmes and his teenage lover in a quadruple homicide.

The film's producers and distributor Lions Gate Films are also looking to add Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama), Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush) and Lisa Kudrow to the cast.

The script follows the details of the real-life murders on Wonderland Avenue in Los Angeles. "What always interested me in this project is the truth of the incident," co-writer/director James Cox told Variety. "True crime has always been a passion of mine. But this was not just a murder story. There is also a unique love story, elevating this film above noir crime and making it universal."

Cox also said he and the other writers, Todd Samovitz, D. Loriston Scott and Captain Mauzner, interviewed Holmes' ex-wife and his girlfriend for information and both remained creatively involved in the project. Holmes died of AIDS complications in 1988.

Shooting will begin in early November.

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