Maggie Gyllenhaal as Ana in '50 Shades of Grey' Movie Is All Sorts of Wrong

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Maggie GyllenhaalWell, now that Garrett Hedlund has been mentioned as a new possible Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, I guess it's only fitting for us to bring up an actress whose name hasn't been tossed around as a possible Anastasia Steele quite yet.

Are you ready? Ok, then. Based on a racy new photo shoot for Agent Provocateur where she posed in some seriously sexy lingerie, there is new speculation that Maggie Gyllenhaal may be trying to land a Fifty Shades role -- possibly even Anastasia Steele's part.

Yes, Maggie Gyllenhaal. As in Maggie Gyllenhaal, sister of Jake Gyllenhaal, and mother of two.

And if you're cringing a little bit and shaking your head and thinking, "Oh, hell no, not her" -- you aren't alone. Maggie may be a great actress, but she's all sorts of wrong for Ana's part.

First, let's start with the mom thing. As the parent of a 6-year-old and 9-month-old, somehow I just can't picture her being tied to a bedpost. Go ahead and call me a prude -- I don't care.

And then there's Maggie's age. At 35 years old, she's simply, way, way too old to accurately portray a young, impressionable Ana.

And that brings us to her whole vibe, which is definitely more on the sweet side. She really doesn't strike me as the adventurous or revealing type (other than the Agent Provocateur photos, of course).

I think the general consensus with Maggie will probably be that she's definitely not the right person to play Ana. But what if she were cast as Elena Lincoln, you know, the older woman who introduces Christian Grey to all things BDSM? Nah, she's probably too young for that role. (Girl just can't win.)

Hmm. I'm no casting expert, but at this point I'm willing to bet that Maggie's name will not make an appearance in the credits for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Do you disagree? Is Maggie a good fit for this flick?


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Maevelyn Maevelyn

I find her face awkward. 

nonmember avatar Jennifer

This is the dumbest thing I've ever read. First, the world does not revolve around this crappy little Mommyporn book, so her lucrative contract with Agent Provocateur has nothing to do with "50 Shades." Second: "She really doesn't strike me as the adventurous or revealing type?" Maggie starred in "Secretary," which was pretty dirty and (unlike 50 Shades) actually explored S&M in a realistic matter. Sheesh. You act like EL James invented kinky.

Worki... WorkingMom8479

She did this photo shoot for a book pictorial. There is no "speculation" that she would be cast as Ana.  Please read the articles you quote from.

nonmember avatar ncelise

Am I the only tired of this 50 shades mess. Seriously I don't why the book has so much hype I've read tons of other books that were more erotic and kinky. It took me like 2 months to get through this book.

whate... whatever82

Did you not see her in Secretary?!  She was awesome and already has experience in playing a similar character.  

nonmember avatar Kellee

I totally agree with Jennifer. Maggie portrayed a very convincingly willing participant of S&M in Secretary. She was vulnerable, quirky, and intense. What more could you ask? I love that while she is beautiful, she's not conventional. I think she would be perfect, actually!

ElefAn Stacey

She was in "The Secretary" with James Spader, she is too talented for this role. Plus you've got to be the most boring, simple minded woman to be turned on by "50 Shades". I agree with Jennifer's comment that this is a pretty dumb article. Get the facts straight.

GuJuan Fusilier

She is the least appealing woman in Hollywood, Fifty Shades had us in lust with both Christian and Ana. OMG... she looks "stinky"!!

craft... craftycatVT

Can we please stop the daily speculation about who is going to be in this stupid, stupid movie? I mean really! EVERY DAMN DAY?!?!

x2kid... x2kidsn1bendux

I think she did a great job in Secretary- so it doesn't really surprise me her name is being put out there. She might be awesome for the role~ you never know

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