Another day, another rumor about who’s being considered for the movie adaptation of E.L. James‘ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s almost as compelling as the breathless race to see who will play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire! Now that I’m about 4/5ths through this book, I can better follow along with the familiar names cropping up.
Google and Tumblr searches brought up these faces: Dazzling young ladies slowly transitioning into more adult roles, and strapping older men we would let take us over their knee. I did my best to find actors and actresses who had actually addressed these rumors, and not just fan favorites.
Lucy Hale: Lucy is the most recent contender, having chatted to Celebuzz at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night.
“I just finished the first [book]—I’m speechless. I think every girl on the carpet wants to play [Ana]! That would be freaking awesome. I’m really curious to see how they’re going to turn it into a film.”
I seriously love this dream casting. With the past two seasons of Pretty Little Liars, Lucy has shown us that she can explore dark themes while still keeping up the sweet, innocent persona. I was always struck by Aria’s plotline of sneaking around with teacher Ezra in season 1; even alongside all the murder, maiming, and bitchy text messages, it seemed very adult.
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Dakota Fanning: Dakota was the first actress we heard who was being considered for the part—and by the film’s director Sunday Boling, no less! Jenni was seriously disturbed by the thought of this young woman we’ve grown up with getting into BDSM on-screen, but I could sort of see it, especially since she’s taking on a darker and more sexual role in the teen-with-cancer drama Now Is Good. Except that she already has way more self-esteem than Ana does.
Nina Dobrev: I initially suggested the Vampire Diaries star when talking about how her boyfriend Ian Somerhalder should play Christian, but it turns out she’s actually been interviewed about it. Granted, she was the most noncommittal of the group, saying only, “All I’ve heard is that it’s very scandalous, to say the least. I haven’t read it, but who knows? I mean, well, I guess we’ll have to see.” That’s polite actor speak for Not a chance.
Ashley Benson: Yep, fans are pulling from Pretty Little Liars yet again, this time highlighting the sly Ashley. She’s also straddling that line between age groups, starring in Spring Breakers as a bikini-clad bank robber. “I’ve read every book,” Ashley told Celebuzz. “I want to play Anastasia.” However, the blonde hair seems to put people off, as I’m sure it does with Dakota. Remember that because Anastasia is based on Bella Swan, she’s a brunette; to that end, fans seem to envision Ashley more as Ana’s best friend Kate. To which she said, “Kate is awesome. I like all the characters, but Anastasia? I love her so much!” We’ll see if Ashley gets what she wants.