Kelly Marcel Named '50 Shades of Grey' Screenwriter: 5 Facts You Need to Know

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kelly marcel tom hardyKelly Marcel & Tom Hardy at the Diesel Music Awards in 2007.Well, it's not much satisfaction for Ian Somerhalder fangirls, but the latest Fifty Shades of Grey movie news is pretty major! E.L. James, Universal Pictures, and the film's producers, Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, have settled on a screenwriter for the flick, and it's none other than Kelly Marcel!

I know, I know. You're thinking, "WHO?!?" But being that the British screenwriter has just scored one of the most coveted jobs in Hollywood, there's no doubt she's soon to be a household name. Here, a few need-to-knows about the screenwriter who just won a dreamy, steamy gig ...

  1. She's not only a screenwriter. Marcel's also got creator and producer credits under her belt. She served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin (aka Steven Spielberg)/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series' pilot episode. She's also producing The Madonnas of Echo Park for HBO.
  2. She comes from an entertainment biz family. Her father, Terry Marcel, was also a director and producer.
  3. She's also got stage cred. Marcel has a musical theater background, having starred in the UK version of Debbie Does Dallas, the Musical. (Sexy foreshadowing to working on Fifty Shades?) And more recently, in 2010, Marcel founded The Bad Dog Theater Company with actor Tom Hardy (from The Dark Knight Rises, posing with Marcel in the above photo) and fellow writer Brett C. Leonard.
  4. She's the writer behind one of Hollywood's most beloved screenplays. Marcel penned the screenplay for Saving Mr. Banks, which is a behind-the-scenes look at how Disney's Mary Poppins came to be. (Cool fact: Tom Hanks is starring as Walt!) And before it was picked up, the screenplay was placed on the the 2011 Black List -- an annual list of Hollywood's most liked, yet unproduced screenplays.
  5. She's BFF with sexy Tom Hardy. See above pic. Yeah, these two seem to be more than just co-founders of the Bad Dog Theater Company. Kelly Marcel and the Batman villain are known to be such good friends, there's even buzz already that she might see if he could play Christian! Hey, I wouldn't complain!

Do you think it sounds like Marcel has what it takes to pen the Fifty Shades screenplay?

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Shandi80 Shandi80

If that's her in the picture, she kind of looks like a jerk. A cranky jerk.

Dani Harness

I'm complaining!! I of course am speaking for myself, but when I picture Christian Grey I do NOT see Tom Hardy playing the role. And that's all great if she's BFF or whatever with him, but I hope that if she does get the job that she doesn't take it lightly cause if you pick the wrong character if will completely ruin the movie. These are strong roles and I think they need a strong actor and actress to play these parts. I'd personally love to see Ian Somerhalder play Christian Grey. Ian Somerhalder is not only gorgeous, he's an amazing actor who has passion, and I feel that he won't dissapoint.

Michelle Murray

I think, just because he is a bff, doesnt mean that he automatically should be put as the part of christian grey, that wouldnt be fair to others. Thats just my opinion. I am always for Ian...but for some reason in the back of my mind, I keep thinking their gonna pick someone very random. sort of like they did for the screenwriter, she was quite a surprise, im sure unfamiliar to many people. But I sure hope she really looks at what fans are saying as well and keeping that in mind, which Im sure if she does, it would get REALLY good ratings and become the talk of the world like everyone already is by having their opinions of who they want as Christian and Ana. It may upset many people and maybe make MANY people happy! Its up to the director and producers and maybe EL James could have a say in who they cast as well :)

kathd... kathduncan

I have the sneekiest feeling shes going to ruin everything and shatter our dreams.

Christina Reeder

Ian Somerhalder is Christian...come on what more do they need to hear. If she puts in Tom it will kill the whole idea. From what I see he's not what I would expect at all. Ian's got the looks, moves, and the talent to do this job. Needless to say he is sexy as can be. To make this movie a hit she needs to listen to what women want and from what I can see so far it's Ian Somerhalder.

nonmember avatar DDBurholme

I can see Tom as Mr. Grey but I just read a book called Easily Justified and can totally see him playing one of the main characters, named Tom as well!

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