Thanks to the 1999 film version of Chuck Palahniuk's "Fight Club," David Fincher cemented his status as a visionary director; Edward Norton exposed his first glimmer of star quality suggesting he could do more than just act; and Brad Pitt established his acting chops and proved he was more than just a pretty face. That's as close as Hollywood comes to a grand slam. In the years since, there's always been a certain mystique around Palahniuk-based projects. Culture vultures and industry insiders lean in with piqued interest when news circulates, as it has today, about the rogues gallery of actors -- Daryl Hannah, Tom Sizemore, and Thora Birch -- which has just been cast in a low-budget film adaptation of the author's 2008 novel, Snuff.
Hannah will play the book's protagonist, an aging porn star who decides end her career with a (gang) bang and arranges to film herself having sex with 600 men in one day. The story is told through the eyes of the men waiting for their turn at bat, as it were, with Sizemore playing cleanup at the end of the lineup. (Did any other actor stand a chance at out-sleazing Sizemore for this role? We think not.) Birch pitches in as the shoot's producer/stud wrangler. Documentarian Fabien Martorell ("Tromatized:Meet Lloyd Kaufman") has his feature debut as co-director with screenwriter Karina Wilson.
As depraved as this project sounds, deviants are Palahniuk's stock-in-trade and there are few writers, living or dead, who bore into the world of bottom-dwellers with such dynamic prose and captivating insight. Whether we'll have the stomach to watch the actual movie, however, remains to be seen. Where do you fall on the scale between thrilled, cautiously curious, or repulsed by the prospect of a Snuff film?
Photos via Flickr/Creative Commons: TinyGlimpses (Daryl Hannah), Jayel Aheram (Tom Sizemore), richcianci (Thora Birch)