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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Casting Watch: Jennifer Ehle Set to Play Anastasia Steele's Mother UPDATED

by Beth Hanna
October 8, 2013 12:10 PM
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Jennifer Ehle in "Zero Dark Thirty"

UPDATE: Jennifer Ehle ("Zero Dark Thirty," best known as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice") has been cast as Anastasia Steele's mother in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of S&M-heavy "Fifty Shades of Grey." As a reminder, Dakota Johnson ("The Social Network") was cast in early September as Steele, and beefy Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy," "Pacific Rim") will play Christian Grey.

Dakota Johnson in "The Social Network"

EARLIER: After long speculation, Universal and Focus Features have cast Dakota Johnson ("The Social Network," "21 Jump Street," Melanie Griffith's daughter) in the role of Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Meanwhile, author E.L James has tweeted that Charlie Hunnam ("Pacific Rim," "Sons of Anarchy") will be Christian Grey, with Universal/Focus confirming this casting.

Kelly Marcel ("Saving Mr. Banks") penned the script, adapted from James' global bestseller centering on the hot-and-heavy S & M relationship between billionaire Grey and college student Steele. 

Sam Taylor-Johnson is set to helm, with a slated release date of August 1, 2014.

Charlie Hunnam in "Pacific Rim"

The film is produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside Brit author James, whose “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release.  To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012.  Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” explore the couple’s deepening relationship.  More info is on the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page


  • THE NAKED TRUTH | September 3, 2013 12:54 PMReply

    Ugly Caucasian with a fake first name intended to sell to America and failing abysmally because she's still only an ugly Caucasian with a fake first name. Just like the book and the author.

  • suga | September 3, 2013 11:18 AMReply

    Charlie "YUM YUM" Hunnam is definitely the right choice. Dakota has that innocense they're looking for, but IMO she's not that appealing.

  • ramesh | September 2, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    what she said.

    Also I hope universal spends PLENTY of money 200 Mm and spends LOTS of money and al capon accounts LOTS more on this. Its gonna bomb like an bizzaro harry potter, you know!


  • Donella | September 2, 2013 2:07 PMReply

    I'm wondering if Tippi Hedren's granddaughter, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's daughter, plus Antonio Banderas's step-daughter will receive the same NEPOTISM hazing sprayed all over Will Smith's son.

  • silence | September 3, 2013 11:14 AM

    Green looks good on you, but I wouldn't wear it to bed, you'll never get any sleep.

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