Steven Soderbergh Looks To Porn Star Sasha Grey For ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

Steven Soderbergh must have wanted an actress with a bit of real-world experience for his new movie. Variety reports that the Oscar winner has cast adult film star Sasha Grey as the lead in his upcoming drama “The Girlfriend Experience.”

“Experience,” which was written by Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s 13″ scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien, follows the life of a high-price call girl. I think we can all assume it’s probably not as glamorous as movies and television might suggest.

But really, the life and career of Grey is nearly as movie-worthy as Soderbergh’s call girl. Only 20 years old, she entered the pornography business just after her 18th birthday, and according to her Wikipedia page, became hailed as the next Jenna Jameson pretty quickly thereafter. This past January, she became the youngest winner of Adult Video News’ Female Performer of the Year award.

Now, she’s moving on to more legitimate projects — she’s done modeling work, appeared in artwork and music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Navarro, and The Roots, and has landed small parts in the indie film “Quit,” and the Canadian horror film “Smash Cut.” Given her looks, her amazing taste in film (she lists Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Catherine Breillat as her favorites), and her obvious tenacity, she may just conquer Hollywood as easily as she did adult film. Landing a lead role with Steven Soderbergh on your third try? Not bad, Ms. Grey!

so, what do you think about this casting choice, readers? Is it a stunt, or do you think Sasha Grey might have some legitimate acting chops?