After months and months and months and months of speculation – and no I am not exaggerating, because it seriously felt like it went on FOREVER, casting for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally starting to take place.
Now that the script is locked down and the director’s in place, sources say that the filmmakers are starting to seriously look at several contenders. There’s some good news for the fans because sources say that fan favorites are not being ruled out completely, but there’s also a huge list for both Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and the producers could very well end up going with unknowns for both roles.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is no stranger to casting unknown actors for her films. For her first film, Nowhere Boy, she cast then little-known actor Aaron Johnson. Of course, Aaron became famous with Kick-Ass, Anna Karenina, and will soon become a household name with the upcoming Godzilla and possibly Avengers 2.
In reality, it would be a lot easier casting unknown actors for these roles than to convince established actors to take the parts. The filmmakers are trying their best to maintain the pedigree of the project – even though the books may be referred to as ‘mommy porn’ among certain circles, the producers are Oscar-nominated, it’s a studio film, has a ton of buzz, and the director isn’t some hack without any cred. But even then, how many A-list actors [or even B-list] actors would you be able to convince to do a film that basically amounts to soft-porn?
Well one B-list (C-List?) star who has been begging for the role is The Vampire Diaries hottie, Ian Somerhalder. In his 30’s already, Ian is desperate to have hit on the big screen and he knows the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will do it. Now that he’s dumped Nina Dobrev he won’t have to worry about her jealousy and clinging behavior should he win the role.
Despite that, E.L. James and the filmmakers certainly have their wish list of actors and we’ll find out more over the next few weeks. For now, the production is being fast-tracked since the release date has finally been set for August 1, 2014.