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'Fifty Shades of Grey': What Kind of Movie Could It Be, With What Cast?

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by Anne Thompson
May 4, 2012 10:26 AM
52 Comments
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Ryan Gosling

The only way EL James' notoriously erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" will ever wind up a half-way decent movie will be if the filmmakers take the high road.

Going with Universal co-chairman Donna Langley and Focus Features production exec Jeb Brody, who both successfully wooed Brit editor-turned-novelist James, who sought JK Rowling-like control over her project--was a step in the right direction. Given the rumored acquisition cost of some $5 million, the movie would need some names to pull audiences. And the only way to get stars on the order of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in "Eyes Wide Shut," which narrowly skirted an NC-17 in its day, is to promise top-notch quality via an A-list screenwriter and director.

While the novel started out as fan fiction inspired by Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in "Twilight," a much older vampire frozen at age 17 who woos a virginal everygirl teen, James' novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" tells the improbable romance of virginal college coed Anastasia Steele and young Seattle Master of the Universe Christian Grey. But while she seeks a loving relationship, he wants her to sign a contract stipulating rules of S & M engagement. The book is explicitly erotic as this smart and gorgeous but inexperienced young woman sexually comes of age under the guidance of this complicated and damaged young man, who is also in love, but prefers spanking, role play and bondage to "vanilla" sex.  

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52 Comments

  • RIPOpie | January 6, 2013 10:38 PMReply

    CHARLIE HUNNAM, Please oh please!!!
    Runners up- Chris Hemsworth or Iam Somerhalder
    For girls... I could see Jennifer Lawrence pulling it off.
    Did I mention Charlie Hunnam?

  • silver | October 29, 2012 3:58 AMReply

    my absolute favorites for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele of Fifty Shades of Grey are Bradley Cooper and Renne Zellweger. irrespective of their present ages' they are well in a position to look much younger, besides the dialogues/emails are almost as if written for them.

  • wew | September 18, 2012 1:48 AMReply

    camilla belle for anastasia

  • amy | August 30, 2012 4:20 PMReply

    soooo Charlie Hunnam! woot woot!

  • Nat | August 29, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    Definitely Charlie Hunnam

  • Dustin | August 16, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    Armie Hammer always shows up in my head as Christian for some reason...

  • leya | August 10, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    felicity

  • LEYA | August 10, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    MATT BOMER AND FELICIA JONES. Hes simply beautiful has the perfect hair, perfect jaw line, body and felicia is perfect for the role

  • natalie | August 8, 2012 4:35 AMReply

    when i read the book, i was thinking of Camilla Belle to be Anatasia and Ryan Phillipe to be Christian..please dont let Kristen Stewart plays the role of Anatasia.. she's less emotional..she never cry before.. i supposed.

  • Sue | July 31, 2012 8:26 PMReply

    I think Henry Cavill will be a fitting Christen Grey

  • Lrhill | July 21, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    If they take the high road, it was useless. The reason people like it is the down and dirty.

  • kimberley4garrett | July 18, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    garrett hedlund for christain !!!!!perfect sexy, cute, intense eyes ,

  • qrsmom | July 18, 2012 9:34 AMReply

    I agree Charlie Hunnam. Yum. He is the only face I saw when I read the books.

  • Lotte | July 16, 2012 3:41 AMReply

    Henry Cavill by the looks of it.... Superman!!

    http://henry-cavill.info/index.php/henry-cavill-in-discussions-with-fifty-shades-of-grey-producer-michael-de-luca/

  • Therese | July 10, 2012 3:23 AMReply

    I have just finished the trilogy and I must say that the only male actor that came to mind was Scott Speedman. The eyes, the hair, the body, the everything!!! Even though he is older then Christen Grey's character, he could still masterfully pull this one off. I'm not to sure if he would be up for full on nude scenes as suggested by some producers, but if done tactfully and suductively suggestive "OH MY' . I can just visualize his torso in old faded torn jeans; with the button undone……”MY OH MY”

  • Natalie | June 22, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    Henry Cavill...hands down! He's proven in his past roles he can play all the fifty shades of Grey. Plus he has the gorgeous looks, perfect body, has the grey eyes and he's 28yo. Need I say more? Oh, and he's not too widely known which is good. Once an actor is known as a vampire or any other famous role it will just ruin the movie.

  • Edie | July 4, 2012 7:22 AM

    Yes! Henry Cavill IS Christian Grey! His Dunhill ads on youtube says it all. They run like a mini 50 shades movie. He has the looks,the eyes. The body that boyish smile & sexy smirk. On Tudors he has played seductive,classy,domineering.pained & had no problems with the nudity or sex scenes. He has done it all. He has the looks & his resume & roles prove he can do all 50 shades of Christian. Other actors mentioned either have the look but not the resume or vice versa. He is the only one who has both. He also looks & has played a greek god as Ana describes. He looks great 8in a suit & can also be a classy businessman. He is also close to Christians age at 29. As for Ana, I think Alexandra Daddario of Percy Jackson is perfect. She has the long brown hair,alabaster skin,& piercing blue eyes to big for her face & lips perfect for her biting as described. She has an innocent beauty thta

  • Loren | June 18, 2012 12:18 AMReply

    I pictured Scott Speedman as my Christian Grey.

  • Nicole | June 13, 2012 4:08 PMReply

    I think Bradley Cooper is a beautiful Christian Grey

  • Jill | August 14, 2012 12:50 PM

    Oh my while reading this book i always picture Bradley Cooper as Christian Grey.. The Most Beautiful Man Alive.. Bradley it is!

  • Lucy | August 7, 2012 7:58 PM

    So glad im not the only one..... I love the idea of having bradley cooper as christian grey, just a little copper hair dye and thats it.

  • Claudia | July 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    I agree!!! I picture Bradley Cooper as Christian Grey!!!!

  • Kaj | June 9, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    Chris Pine is perfect for it. He is godly. He perfectly reflects the physical characteristics of Christian Grey, and he can be dominating, funny, strong, soft, sexy, all FIFTY. I've read all three books and I knoe he's the one for the fucked-up CEO madly in love.

  • SUSIE | June 1, 2012 12:14 PMReply

    WOW, I JUST REALIZED THAT HENRY CAVILL WAS THE FIRST CHOICE FOR TWILIGHT, BUT HE WAS DEEMED TOO OLD BY THE TIME THE MOVIE TOOK OFF. IT IS PERFECT BECAUSE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY WAS BASED OF TWILIGHT FANFICTION. I HAVE ALSO SEEN HENRY BE SWEET AND NAUGHTY IN THE TUDORS. HE HAS THE HAIR, EYES, FACE, BODY, CHEST HAIR, AND HE IS RIPPEEEEEEDDDDD. HE IS AMAZING!

  • Natalie | June 22, 2012 11:40 AM

    Susie, don't forget Henry Cavill not only has the looks but most importantly the talent to pull it off... ;)

  • MONICA | June 1, 2012 12:08 PMReply

    CHRIS PINE IS OK, BUT HENRY CAVILL IS KING. HE MAKES ME SWOON!!!!! HE HAS THE HAIR, THE EYES, THE CHEST HAIR. HE IS DREAMY CHRISTIAN GREY!

  • MACY | June 1, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1680&bih=828&tbm=isch&tbnid=7Cq6wMC5f9TohM:&imgrefurl=http://www.johnbierly.com/category/movies/page/2&docid=yNJ1L8VLvInFPM&imgurl=http://www.johnbierly.com/wp-content/uploads/Henry-Cavill-new-superman_320.jpg&w=320&h=480&ei=fOfIT8j7OoK29QT619GuDw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=389&vpy=421&dur=52&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=103&ty=173&sig=104888852895219014085&page=1&tbnh=142&tbnw=95&start=0&ndsp=34&ved=1t:429,r:27,s:0,i:131


    I AGREE HENRY CAVILLLLLLLLLLLL! SO SEXY. FELICITY JONES WOULD BE AWESOME TOO.

  • Jess | June 1, 2012 12:06 PM

    OMG, That is exactly who I pictured when I read the book. HENRY CAVILL IS AMAZING. HE HAS ALREADY DONE NUDE SCENES FOR THE TUDORS!!!!!!

  • LELY | June 1, 2012 12:01 PMReply

    DEFINITELY HENRY CAVILL, HE IS PURE PERFECTION. HE HAS THE NAUGHTY THING GOING FROM THE TUDORS AND HE LOOKS SWEET AS WELL. HE HAS EVERYTHING. FOR ANASTASIA, I LIKE FELICITY JONES, BELLA OR HEATHCOTE.

  • MJ | May 31, 2012 9:57 AMReply

    How about Scott Speedman for the part of Christian???

  • JESSIE | June 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    SCOTT SPEEDMAN IS TOO OLD AND HE IS NOT NEARLY AS ATTRACTIVE AS HENRY CAVILL.

  • Becky | May 29, 2012 1:04 AMReply

    I think Chris Pine would make the perfect Christian Grey
    http://www.listal.com/viewimage/860453

  • Tracy | May 24, 2012 7:34 AMReply

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers from the series The Tudors.

  • lynnett | May 22, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    This is who I think should play Christian,Ian Somerholder and for Ana,Nadia Bjorlin she fits Ana description perfect....

  • MARTHA | June 1, 2012 12:11 PM

    NADIA IS TOO OLD. MOREOVER, SHE IS TOO ATTRACTIVE FOR THE ROLE. I THINK BELLA HEATHCOTE AND FELICITY JONES ARE PERFECT! I LIKE ALEXIS BLEDEL TOO. I LOVED FELICITY IN "LIKE CRAZY." OMG, I ALSO LOVE HENRY CAVILL. HENRY IS FAR MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN ANY OTHER CHOICE. HE ALSO IS RIPPED BECAUSE OF THE SUPERMAN ROLE.

  • Theresa | May 20, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    It should definately be a hbo series. Shelley Hannig should play Ana Steele (from The Secret Circle) and Charlie Hunnam should play Christian Gey (from Sons of Anarchy) MMMH!

  • Kimmi | May 14, 2012 6:25 PMReply

    Josh Duhamel as Christian and Emmy Rossum as Anastatia.

  • April | October 13, 2012 12:06 PM

    Josh Duhamel definitely!!!!! I just had to look up Emmy Rossum..and she really would make a good Anastasia!!

  • sammie | May 10, 2012 3:57 AMReply

    i think they should cast people that we haven't heard of. that way we see them as these characters and not as the actors they are.

  • steph | May 9, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    NO MOVIE !!!!! make it into a series on HBO or MAXX - the books are AMAZING nd too exclusive for the big screen !! in my opinion.. i would like Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder as Mr. Grey !! <3
    nd as for Anastasia Steele - someone like Emmy Rossum would be nice !!

  • djhgeh | June 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    i agree!!matt bomer would be perfect as christian grey

  • Nel | May 8, 2012 4:56 PMReply

    Ian Somerhalder would be without a doubt a perfect Christian Grey and Kristen Stewart she already has the lip biting down.

  • Tonya | May 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    Kristen Stewart is a horrible actress. To put her with Ian, who is an awesome actor, would be just plain wrong. She did a horrible job in the Twilight series, just awful.

  • Tabitha | May 8, 2012 12:55 AMReply

    Bradley Cooper would be a GREAT Christian Grey.

  • Beth | May 8, 2012 12:24 AMReply

    Garret Hedlund would be perfect for Christian Grey - he has the look and even copper colored hair!

  • jacmartol | May 7, 2012 11:31 PMReply

    MATT BOMER! He has such duality on White Collar - he can play the serious and silly Christian Grey so effortlessly. I don't think the casting of Ana is really on my mind because I feel like her character in the book is so lackluster. I think Shailene Woodley would be great for Ana - she's got the young naivety thing going on. But Matt would just sell Christian Grey. And he's so delicious. (yes I know he's gay - who cares - its ACTING!)

  • Felicia | May 7, 2012 2:11 AMReply

    Henry Cavill or William Levy for Christian and Lily Collins, Camilla Bell, or Christian Serratos as Ana. My top pick are Henry Cavill and Lily Collins. They would be perfect for these roles!

  • flower | May 6, 2012 2:59 PMReply

    Jim Sturgess for Christain! He was hot in Across the Universe.....

  • ARJUNA | May 6, 2012 10:43 AMReply

    As far as director, how about Patty Jenkins, or Same Mendes.....or Darren Aronofsky or, maybe Lisa Cholodenko. Simon Beaufoy to write the screenplay. Susanne Bier would also be a great choice to direct. All of these people along with Jennifer Lawrence and Ryan Gosling starring would elevate the source material.

  • Arjuna | May 5, 2012 5:47 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence and Ryan Gosling?...oh my.... YES!!. My two favorite (not to mention incredibly talented as well as hot) actors on the planet. If Lawrence and Gosling were to star I'd definetly pay good money to see it in the theater.

  • Ella | May 5, 2012 12:03 AMReply

    Henry Cavill as Christian!!

  • nia | May 4, 2012 5:22 PMReply

    The actor should be under 30,Tall,Mannerable(so british),Unassuming,Up and coming. It should not be someover over 30,too masculine,and short. I like Theo Jamesftom the british show Bedlam. He is under thirty,not too wellknown,copper-colored hair,tall,sexy,has a beautiful accentand looks stunning in a suit. He is perfect. The actress I would choose is older in real life than Ana but she looks 18,Felicity Jones.

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