Alexis Bledel’s name repeatedly comes up on fan lists and in insider rumor discussions as a favorite for the leading female role, Anastasia “Ana” Steele, in the Fifty Shades of Grey film to be released in 2014. Fifty Shades of Grey details the erotic affair (featuring various forms of dominant-submissive relationships,and much more) between Anastasia, a 21-year-old a college senior, and Christian Grey, a rich entrepreneur, following her interviewing him. The level of speculation and fervor which some have for the choice has resulted in a trailer starring Bledel as Ana. As a book-loving, insecure, and casual-dressing young woman who possesses a shy and kind nature, the character could be like coming home in some ways for Bledel, though not necessarily.
With fellow young luminaries Elizabeth Olsen, Keira Knightly, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kristen Stewart also heavily touted as fan and Hollywood favorites, Bledel has some serious competition for the part of Ana. Beyond the filmmakers choosing someone else for their own reasons, Bledel has several aspects of her life and career that might make it harder to choose her than someone else. At 31 years old, Bledel is a decade older than the character she would be playing. She also might suffer from her past roles, namely Rory Gilmore, for which role she won two Teen Choice Awards, and that of Lena in the two The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants movies. Known for these and other primarily sweet teen roles, all of whom her legion of fans adored and grew up with, the prospect of Alexis Bledel as Anastasia Steele, the role might alienate many who would normally see her work. Her actual physical height, at least in relation to the leading candidate for Christian Grey, Alex Pettyfer, might also yields questions. With only a four-inch difference between the actor and actress (Pettyfer is listed as 5’11”, Bledel as 5’7”), he would hardly tower over her as Christian is said to in the novels.
While she is older than many of the others touted as favorites, Bledel’s age hardly shows, as she still maintains a youthful appearance and could still play a likely passable teen. She also simply looks the part; among the many women rumored to be up for the role, Bledel is a great physical match. She possesses the same light skin, brown hair, and large blue eyes as the book’s Ana. Her role as Rory Gilmore was, in many ways, similar to Ana, at least as the character starts the novel.Both were bookish and shy, but kind and strong female characters. Her familiarity with those aspects of the character would only benefit the production, and the growth Ana experiences would be enhanced by Bledel’s range. Her range has, indeed, grown since the end of Gilmore Girls and as she has moved beyond the teen roles of her earlier career. One example is that, even as she was acting in Gilmore Girls, she was already moving onto edgier roles, including playing prostitute in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City. So, with all this in mind, Alexis Bledel might actually be the girl to beat.
He might be the bookies’ favorite to play Christian Grey, but it’s highly possible Ian Somerhalder might pass on the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation.
It seems the Vampire Diaries star has to choose between his career and his personal life, since girlfriend Nina Dobrev has set an ultimatum regarding Ian’s casting. Not that it will matter anymore after they have split up
Some source cite that the Bulgarian beauty and fellow co-star in The Vampire Diaries has told Somerhalder he’s not allowed to take up the role of Christian Grey in the hot and steamy movie. It looks like she’s not happy about having her man taking on this role even if it’s just simulated, with another woman. Perhaps, this is just Nina’s way of getting herself a part in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Is this going to make their relationship stronger or is Nina Dobrev shooting herself in the foot?
Things haven’t been at their best between Somerhalder and Dobrev, especially since they work constantly together on the set of the Vampire Diaries and live together at home. Many gossip rags were already speculating on the stability of their relationship when Ian was seen going round the world, while Nina stayed at home.
There is so much pressure from fans to get Ian cast in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, but at the same time, it appears that there hasn’t been such a fan call out to see Nina get cast beside him. Too many people already associate them with Damon and Elena, so maybe casting directors wouldn’t be too keen to cast the real life couple as Christian and Elena.
If Ian Somerhalder is left out of the race, it looks like Henry Cavill will have a shot at being cast as Christian Grey. The British hunk who will star in the superman movie Man of Steel is one of the climbing favorites to play Christian Grey. Matt Bomer is unlikely to be cast despite the fan following due to his age, and if Somerhalder has been whipped into submission by Nina Dobrev, that could leave Cavill with a clean shot into the part.
Perhaps it might be for the best, since we’ve already built up such expectations of Somerhalder that maybe fans would be disappointed with his Christian Grey, and even E.L. James hinted that getting someone less predictable might be a better solution in terms of casting. A friend of Ian somerhalder mentions Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder Split Was “Inevitable,”
Emma Watson’s name has been tied to the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise for quite some time, but while the Harry Potter star has denied every single rumor that has been circulating on the internet, her fans are still hopeful.
The huge “Emma for Anastasia” fandom is at its biggest on Twitter, where the Harry Potter actress has denied the rumors publically about appearing in Fifty Shades of Grey.
“Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life,” said the British actress back in March on the social networking sight.
Her fans have been very verbal about casting Emma in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie by shouting in caps on Twitter:
“I WANT NOTHING MORE THAN FOR EMMA WATSON TO BE IN 50 SHADES OF GREY SORRY NOT SORRY BYE,” said one fan.
Apparently the Fifty Shades movie casting is still a while away, but new reports say that the Game of Thrones actress, Emilia Clarke, has been officially cast as Anastasia Steele.
According to the IBTimes, the new story in the Fifty Shades rumorville is that the 25-year-old actress from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones has been cast as the innocent college graduate who enters into a saucy and dark relationship with Christian Grey.
Gather Celebrity were the ones who released this supposed news, and definitely lean towards her favor: “She’s young, talented, fine with nudity, pale, petite, big eyes, great body, delicate features, etc. all the things Christian loves about Ana .”
However, until we get the official word from either Universal Studios and Focus Features, E.L. James or the producers Mike de Luca and Dana Brunetti, we’re taking this with a pinch of salt. If it turns out not to be true, and another actress is picked, we can imagine there will be many disappointed fans out there. So far, Clarke has had a huge wave of support for the role, deemed by many as being the perfect actress for Anastasia Steele.
Ever since Universal Studios and Focus Features acquired the rights to the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, fans have been going crazy over casting speculations. So far, we’ve seen the shortlist of potential Christian Grey candidates include Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Henry Cavill and Stephen Amell.
In the past week though, a new name has been making it out on top of the polls as the popular choice for Christian Grey – Supernatural star Jensen Ackles.
Apparently, the film will be out in the summer of 2014, and now that the script is finished and the studios are on the hunt for the right director, it looks like fans are still busying themselves with picking the ideal Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele candidates.
Jensen Ackles may not have come up on the grapevine as much as Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer, but many fans are sitting up and are taking notice of the Supernatural star who is famed for his good looks and acting talent.
The Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James continues to break even more records. In 2012, over 70 million copies of the erotic novel were sold, driving publisher Random House’s profits through the roof.
Considering we’re in an economic crisis, Random House isn’t doing too badly, since their operating profit has leapt up by 75% year-on-year to €325 million in just 2012. Thanks to being in the spotlight with E.L. James’s book, the company will be merging with one of the biggest publishers in the UK Pearson’s Penguin, causing revenues to increase by 22.5% year-on-year up to €2.1 billion.
The usual number of sales on ebooks at random house accounts for around 20% of their total sales, but not since Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived on the scene, which has boosted this number to 50%, and the print version of Fifty Shades accounted for one in ten of the 750 million books that the publisher carries.
“In 2012, our profits and sales hit an absolute record level, a historic all-time high,” said Markus Dohle, the Random House chairman and chief executive, “Our success has shown again one thing very clearly, that the core of our business in the 21st century, in a digital age, remains the same. It is so important to continually invest in content and creativity and to market that well.”
Although the publisher doesn’t want to solely thank Fifty Shades of Grey for the success of the company, it says that Rod Stewart’s autobiography and John Grisham’s The Racketeer should also be thanked as well.
“Clearly Fifty Shades was the main driver but it was not the only one,” said Thomas Rabe, the Bertlesmann chief executive, “In the middle of May we have Dan Brown’s Inferno coming.”
Fifty Shades of Grey began life as a piece of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe that was then molded into the Fifty Shades of Grey we know today. It was released as a self-published ebook that went viral with its popularity, until Random House picked up the series. While novels in the past go through the traditional channels of a literary agent connecting with publishers, Fifty Shades of Grey has shown us that it is possible not only to break the rules, but to break into stardom. Maybe it’s a one off fluke, but maybe more and more authors will try to get noticed this way.
Ever since the Fifty Shades of Grey novels have been picked up by Universal Studios and Focus Features for movie adaptation, everyone has been speculating about who’ll get to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. So far, the fan favorites for the lip biting brunette beauty have included Alexis Bledel, Emilia Clarke and Lucy Hale, but it looks like we’ll have another actress to add to the list, Elizabeth Olsen the star of Martha Marcy May Marlene.
The blonde actress has been connected to the movie adaptation back in 2012, and the 23-year-old sister of the famous twins Mary Kate and Ashley has been a former favorite for the part of Anastasia Steele. The actress was a popular pairing with Armie Hammer as Christian Grey, and it looks like the interview Elizabeth had with Bullet back in July of last year has increased her chances of being cast as Ana in the movie.
Everyone is busy with the speculation on who’ll play the hot and sexy billionaire with Christian Grey, however there is one actor who’s name is being bandied about in association with the movie who we would never have expected – Mike Tyson.
Now, before you panic, the burly boxer will not be playing Christian Grey, but simply Tyson is apparently going to get involved with the parody of the best selling novel by E.L. James in the horror comedy Scary Movie 5.
Mike Tyson is going to play alongside Ashley Tisdale and Jerry O’Connell, who are involved in a Fifty Shades of Grey inspired skit, where O’Connell will be playing Grey and will be attempting to seduce one of the Scary Movie characters. However, things are going to turn strange for the seduction, since it’ll involve goats, hot wax, chains and Mike Tyson.
“Prepare for a night of unparalleled passion,” says O’Connell in the movie to Tisdale, “Your safe word is… deeper.”
The most hyped movie of the decade is coming closer to being made, with a projected release date for the summer of 2014. So, with such exciting news in the pipeline, it’s only a matter of time before the movie is cast – so let’s recap on all the popular candidates in line to play Anastasia Steele.
According to fans, the most popular actress in line to take on the part of Anastasia Steele is Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. She has the look: she’s a petite brunette with large blue eyes and has an angelic look that would be perfect for the part of Anastasia Steele. However, Bledel is also in her thirties, and some say is far too old to play the 20-year-old virgin convincingly.
Kristen Stewart has been talked about a lot in connection to the role, but E.L. James is dead set against having the Twilight cast in her movie, not to mention that she’s been clear that she’s not interested in the part either.
Mila Kunis was another name floating around, but those rumors have been put to a rest. Another big name was Emma Watson, she took to twitter to put a rest to the rumors.
The stories will continue to come out until we actually have someone selected to cast as Anastasia Steele , here is the latest news.
Selena Gomez has been mentioned in association with the role, however back in January last year, she said the role of Anastasia Steele is “a little too much for me.” But, the actress went onto make the video parody “Fifty Shades of Blue,” six months later, which if you couple with Spring Breakers and her relationship with Justin Bieber, maybe she’ll change her mind.
Vanessa hasn’t come up in the Fifty Shades of Grey discussion, and it seems like she doesn’t have the fan following to set her up as Ana. After a poll asking if Hudgens is innocent and sexy enough to play Ana, a whopping 75 percent said no. It is surprising though, since she does match the description of being a pretty, brunette who is close to Ana’s age. She hasn’t commented on the Fifty Shades of Grey books either way, which might be the smartest way to go about things.
Should the Disney and Spring Breakers stars be considered for the role of Anastasia Steele? Or do you favor the classic selection of Alexis Bledel, Emilia Clarke and Lucy Hale? Who do you think will get cast as Anastasia Steele?
Apart from Hammer’s classic good looks, he does have an advantage in getting cast, in that he’s worked in The Social Network, with the same producers Dana Brunetti and Mike De Lucca who are producing the Fifty Shades of Grey movies. E.L. James herself has also hinted that the actor who’ll likely get picked won’t be whom we’ve all been expecting, and Ian Somerhalder has seemed less vocal about the upcoming movie as before. So does this mean that Armie could very well stand a chance at being cast as the infamous Christian Grey?
Other actors who are popular choices for Christian Grey include Matt Bomer from White Collar and Magic Mike. Matt has a huge fan following, despite criticism from those who say he’s either too old to play the part of Christian Grey and those with more extreme viewpoints who are against the casting of an openly gay actor in a part like Christian Grey. Henry Cavill is also a rising favorite, especially since the relatively under-the-radar British actor is starring in Man of Steel which is coming out shortly. He’s got the looks and the talent to pull off Grey, and is rising in popularity in the polls. Another name connected with Grey is Arrow star Stephen Amell, who is supposed to be in talks with the production about the movie, which is exciting in itself since it looks like the studios are on the hunt for Grey already.
Back in March, things got a little crazy, and there has been a lot of speculation about Emma Watson getting cast as the innocent Anastasia Steele. According to hacker “Anonymous” who hacked into German film distribution company Constantin, that Emma Watson had been cast as Anastasia Steele.
While Anonymous has revealed some big celebrity secrets and scandals, Emma Watson has come out and flatly denied being involved in the upcoming movie of Fifty Shades of Grey.
The 22-year-old Harry Potter star took to twitter to deny the rumors. It seems the actress is sick of all the rumors and speculations going around about her involvement with the movie. She tweeted: “Who here actually thinks I would do Fifty Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”
She then proceeded to post another cryptic message with just a question mark.
Emilia might not be Hollywood royalty, but her part as Daenerys Targaryen has definitely put her on the map. She might be recognizable as the platinum blonde dragon queen, but Emilia is fast becoming a big name. Her part on a Game of Thrones has definitely demonstrated to us she’s got what it takes to pull off a part like Anastasia Steele. Also, she’s shown that she’s comfortable getting nude and down and dirty in sex scenes, which definitely adds to the job description for Anastasia Steele.
Whether or not Clarke is open to playing Ana or not remains a mystery. She’s been very quiet either way about taking the part and hasn’t expressed it one way or another. At least a silence is better than a no.
She has the right vibe for Ana, from her innocent looks down to the sassiness we’ve seen from her as Daenerys. We feel confident that Emilia could project an awkward and shy Ana, who transforms into a sensual and sexual character ready to handle the darker themes of Fifty Shades of Grey. She might not have the huge fan backing like Alexis Bledel, but she has a lot of the media rooting for her to take up the part in the movie. She is definitely in the top three likely to get cast, so it’s just a matter of keeping an eye on how the casting progresses.
Emma Watson Goes on twitter to set the record straight on the casting role for Anastasia Steele in the movie fifty shades “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”
The rumor spread like wild fire after a hacker known as Anonymous hacked into the accounts of Constantin Films, a German production studio, and claimed to have found documents linking the actress to the movie. Since Anonymous had exposed true celebrity secrets, it seemed like a reliable piece of information, however, Emma has finally put these rumors to rest.
Another actress who was also associated with the films and has flat out denied her participation is Mila Kunis. The Black Swan star was frequently associated with the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, but has also been outspoken about her participation.
“This Fifty Shades of Grey thing is just not going to leave it!” she said, “No, you will not see me in Shades, I’m sorry.”
So far fans are getting hungry about knowing who’ll be in the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, and all kinds of crazy stories are coming out. There have been talks of supposed casting considerations, and Arrow star Stephen Amell, who is being considered for Christian Grey, has hinted that the studios are already looking. Although, the movie doesn’t have a director yet, so it all seems highly unlikely. Ian Somerhalder, who showed so much enthusiasm before, has toned down his Christian Grey talk and even dropped hints he won’t be cast.
So does this mean Emma is out of the running? It looks so for definite. However, there is no sure fire way of finding out about the final casting until the movies are officially cast, and even then things could still shake things up. I guess the best thing is to wait and see for the official trailer to come out for the movie, and if Universal Studios and Focus Features are right, that’ll be in 2014.
The 34-year old actor hails from Louisiana and has been in the business from a young age, with a modeling career between the ages of 10 and 13, before he turned to acting when he was 17. Somerhalder mostly went under the radar until he was cast as Boone Carlyle in Lost. However, his role was short lived when compared with the others, as he was the first to be killed off in the series. He then joined The Vampire Diaries in 2009, which upped his profile.
There are many reasons why Ian Somerhalder makes the perfect Christian Grey. Firstly, he has the look and a hot body to match, not to mention he’s got Christian Grey’s intense stare down to perfection. He’s also more than just a pretty face, since he’s demonstrated in his role as Damon Salvatore he can take on complex, dark parts, but his philanthropic work outside of his acting work add an additional edge to his candidacy as Christian Grey – since Grey himself is keen to end world hunger.
Ian’s passion and interest in the role shows, especially as the Vampire Diaries star has been researching how to set up his own dungeon. There are many aspects to Ian that scream Christian Grey, and it’s not just about looks. He definitely has the confidence, charm and charisma to sell us on the attraction and complexity that is Christian Grey.
He might be the fan favorite to play the part of Christian Grey in the upcoming movie adaptation of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, but Ian Somerhalder has admitted that he’s definitely got the competition cut out for him.
The Vampire Diaries star has a giant fan backing who can’t see anyone else in the role of Christian Grey. Ian Somerhalder seems very relaxed and sure of himself when questioned about his casting in the role on Andy Cohen’s show. His response was quite suggestive.
“Listen. There are so many young boys in Hollywood that are up for this role. I think they have a very big job ahead of them casting this role. So, I can’t say anything other than it’s a very interesting story and whoever plays that role is going to have a lot of fun, rehearsal time.”
Andy Cohen replied with “Wow! I think that means he’s doing it,” but some fans are not so sure. One commenter replied on Twitter that Somerhalder’s nervousness implied that he would not be cast.
“I don’t know. I just got a weird vibe from it. Hoping to God I’m wrong!” said fan.
Ian Somerhalder has shown a great deal of enthusiasm around the role ever since it was announced in 2012 that Universal Studios and Focus Features have bought the rights to the books. Unlike Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill, who have been very quiet about the movie, Ian Somderhalder has been very direct about his interest in the movie. He frequently joked about it.
“I have experience seducing younger women. I’m not saying, I’m just saying,” he joked about his TV relationship.
He seems to know something about the movie, for his comment “it’s a very interesting story,” which could mean he’s read the script and is going for the part.
He is self-aware though that hem might be a bit too old to play the 27-year-old billionaire, since the third film would be released in his late 30s. Perhaps the studios are more nervous about signing up such a mature actor, which could explain his curious term of “young boys,” when discussing who is interested in the role.
Casting has not officially begun, so fans can relax a little. There is still a chance for Ian Somerhalder to get cast as Christian Grey. However, considering E.L. James said, “it may not be who people expect,” means that fans should keep an open mind.
Apparently the alleged document leak said, “Emma Watson was ‘linked to star in Focus Features’ upcoming 50 Shades of Grey’ movie.” E Security Planet have confirmed that there was a leak in which an actress was connected to an upcoming film, but the identity of the film or the actress haven’t been revealed.
Right now the whole thing is just rumor and speculation, and Emma Watson is currently competing with other actresses for the part, such as Emilia Clarke, Alexis Bledel, Felicity Jones and many more. The fan vote on Emma Watson is split, since she’s still lagging behind a few actresses like Emilia Clarke and Bledel, but maybe she’ll go up in popularity in the next few weeks. Some might have difficulty in picturing Emma as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey, whereas others think she has the ability to pull of the role.
Well, it’s not too soon to think about casting, now that Kelly Marcel has finished the script and the studios are looking at a release date for the summer of 2014. We’re sure that we’ll be hearing more gossip and news regarding the movie’s production and casting over the next few months, and we can put all this speculation to rest. So what do you think? Do you think that Emma Watson is a good choice for Anastasia Steele or would you prefer to see another actress in the part?
The Vampire Diaries star might be the fan favorite – but does that mean he’s going to be cast as Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie?
Right now, we’re so hungry for any slice of gossip; we’re constantly looking out for any sign and hint from the prospective actors, the producers of the movie and E.L. James herself. Apparently, Ian has dropped a few hints that fans have cottoned onto.
On Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Ian was asked the question that is on all of our lips – would he take the role?
Somerhalder gave his trademark smirk before replying: “There are so many boys in Hollywood up for this role. I think that they have a very big job ahead of them casting this role. I can’t say anything other than it’s a very interesting story, and whoever plays that role is going to have a lot of fun come rehearsal time.”
Ian has been cryptic about his answers though, since Andy Cohen asked the 34-year-old actor whether he was available.
“I would not say that’s the case,” Ian replied.
“When I come off set… she starts giving me notes,” Nina said, “’Arch your back more. It’ll look sexier if you arch your back.’ We’re close.”
So far, Ian Somerhalder has been the leading candidate in the contest for Christian Grey and many fans can’t see anyone else taking the role. The Vampire Diaries’ star has shown considerable interest in the part, and his passion for the books is definitely a plus in this case.
Although, Ian shouldn’t get too complacent about being cast, since Matt Bomer is still running very close behind for Christian Grey, and Henry Cavill is definitely catching up extremely fast behind them as well. Ryan Gosling once beat Ian Somerhalder in the polls, and while he disappeared for some time, he’s making a come back and could very well overthrow the Vampire Diaries star off the top if he’s not careful.
Fifty Shades of Grey fans can only watch on with anticipation about who’ll get cast as Christian Grey in the upcoming movies, but with an intended 2014 release date, let’s hope that we’ll get put out of our misery and can stop all this speculation. It’ll definitely be interesting to see where the studios go with this
Henry Cavill is one of the fastest growing actors of the moment, with his part as Superman in Man of Steel and being named the Breakout Star of 2013, we can definitely see Cavill going places. Apparently, Cavill has admitted to not being used to fame, “truly, I don’t consider myself famous,” said the actor, “but if anyone does ask for an autograph, it’s a wonderful feeling.”
After his roles as Theseus in The Immortals, Henry has began to garner attention, which when coupled with his intense stare, perfect age availability and his gentlemanly nature, it’s easy to see why many would love to see him as Christian Grey. The fact he’s gorgeous and matches the description of Christian Grey in the books also adds to his case.
“He looks AMAZING, and so in control. He really is the perfect Christian Grey, no one else can compare! He has it all, I don’t believe anyone could light up the screen in this role like he would!” said a fan commenter on the Examiner.
Perhaps looks are a superficial reason, but looks are a key part of Christian Grey’s character. Not to mention that investing in a dish Christian Grey will definitely get the box office numbers up. The success of Fifty Shades of Grey rides on fans’ adoration for Christian Grey, so the actor cast will need to be near perfect.
He might be a slightly behind Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer on the number of fans, but Henry Cavill’s following is definitely increasing on a daily basis. The ad for the Dunhill Fragrance the actor took part in has Christian Grey stamped all over it, convincing on the fence fans to switch over to team Henry. Some even say that the campaign inspired E.L. James in her creation of Christian Grey.
It looks like the producers have also noticed Henry, since the movie’s producer Dana Brunetti announced he was meeting with CAA, Henry Cavill’s agency. To add more fuel to the fire, Henry Cavill has been seen with highlighted copper locks, matching the description of Christian Grey in the books, and has been seen out in public a few times wearing that iconic grey tie.
Things are looking favorable for Henry Cavill, but he’ll have to beat the popularity of Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer to get in, but with casting being a while away, that could well be sooner than we imagine.