Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey became a "thing" and Universal and Focus Features made it one of their priorities, there have been rampant rumors as to who would be cast as leads Christian and Anastasia and who would be directing the project.
At least one of those questions has been answered today as Deadline revealed that Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been "secured" to direct the film. As a film chronicling the early days of John Lennon's life, Nowhere Boy earned Taylor-Johnson several BAFTA Film Award nominations, multiple critics' groups honors and helped elevate star (and eventual husband) Aaron Taylor-Johnson's resume as far as non-Kick-Ass related films go.
The film adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel was written by Saving Mr. Banks scribe and Terra Nova creator Kelly Marcel. The last news anyone heard about the script was that a draft had been turned in. Taylor-Johnson will most likely weigh in with her vision of the film and script revisions are sure to take place later this year.
The big question now is the one that has hung around since news of a Fifty Shades of Grey movie first hit: who will play the leads?
Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill have the strongest fan push, while Christian Bale is also among fans' wish list to play tormented billionaire Christian Grey. It's unlikely any of these actors will take on the role.
Regardless of whom ends up in the roles, decisions regarding casting should be coming by the end of the year. Universal is battling the clock with this production, needing to get it into theaters while the property is still relevant and hot.
Who do you think will end up playing the leads and do you like Taylor-Johnson as the director?