'Fifty Shades of Grey' Nabs 'Social Network' Producers: Whom Should They Cast in the Adaptation?
Here’s a bit of unexpected news that’s likely to please Fifty Shades of Grey fans who’re patiently awaiting the novel’s transition to the silver screen: Producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti – who’d previously collaborated on David Fincher’s Oscar-winning The Social Network – have joined forces for Fifty and will work to bring E.L. James’ passionate trilogy to a movie theater near you.
The story of how James’ Twilight fan fiction grew to become one of the fastest-selling ebooks in modern history might make for a more compelling story, mind you. James – whose real name is Erika Leonard – penned the Fifty Shades books at the request of fans who were devouring her fan fiction. It has been reported that James sold 1.16 million copies of her story in then first 11 weeks it was available on the Internet.
The Fifty Shades plot, as you probably already know, centers around a naïve graduate student named Anastasia Steele, who enters into a torrid love affair with the older Christian Grey, who introduces his playmate to the dangerous world of sado-masochism and bondage.
Hollywood quickly came calling, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures inking a deal to adapt the Fifty Shades books into provocative movies. With producers in place, a director will have to be hired. And then … casting.
So tell us, Grey readers. Whom should De Luca and Brunetti hire for the key roles of Anastasia and Christian. In an ironic nod to Twilight, these could, in theory, be as career-defining as Bella and Edward were for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. But the ball is in the studios’ court now. Tell us who you like for them to hire if you were in charge of filling the Fifty Shades of Grey casting sheet.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.