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Gus Van Sant Shoots Test Sex Scene With Alex Pettyfer In Bid To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 23, 2013 3:38 PM
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Fifty Shades Of Grey Gus Van Sant Alex Pettyfer

Listen, we didn't like typing out that headline anymore than you liked reading it, but it seems the erotic drama train that is "Fifty Shades Of Grey" is going to keep right on rolling. As you know, Universal paid a staggering $3 million for the rights to the book last year, but so far, development has been quiet. Kelly Marcel ("Saving Mr. Banks") is writing the script, while "The Social Network" producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are shepherding the project. So this bit of news is an interesting turn of events.

While the studio has no formal offer out to anyone, Gus Van Sant was/is apparently on one of their wishlists to direct, and in a bid to prove he's the man to make 'Grey' happen, he went ahead and shot a test sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer in the role of Christian Grey, the businessman who kinks it up with Anastasia Steele, a much younger woman. In fact, he takes her virginity and that's the scene Van Sant shot (no word on the actress who got Pettyfer-ed). Now, here comes a whole bunch of caveats.

Van Sant isn't signed, Pettyfer isn't signed (though he is starring in Universal's "Endless Love" remake) so nothing is confirmed. Apparently author EL James does have approval over director, casting and script so this could all mean nothing, no matter how hot and artful and tasteful it might be. Lastly, the script isn't finished yet so...everyone, cool it? We certainly hope Van Sant moves on, because we'd rather see him do anything else but make a sex movie for Moms. [The Wrap]

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  • Ana | April 24, 2013 5:46 AMReply

    Isn't Alex Pettyfer like 22?

  • oogle monster | April 23, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    Gone are the days of To Die For and Milk. Now we get shit like Restless and Promised Land. He should really go back to his roots- would LOVE for him to make another dark comedy.

  • Rob | April 23, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Do you really want him making more movies like Promised Land?

  • BEF | April 23, 2013 4:31 PM

    but that being said, maybe if Van Sant gets this made and its a hit, he could finally tackle "the golden suicides"

  • BEF | April 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    yeah, I'd rather see him tackle bondage and NW sexcapades than Promised Land

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