cara delevingneThe entire time we've been waiting to hear Fifty Shades of Grey movie casting news, we've had visions of Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer as Christian Grey, Alexis Bledel or Lucy Hale as Anastasia Steele, and maybe even Katie Cassidy as Kate Kavanaugh dancing in our heads. But if the latest casting buzz is any indication, that could all be about to change ... 

Sounds like lesser-known actors -- aka not complete unknowns, but young ones with short resumes -- are taking the lead in the race for the film's top roles. Take, for instance, 20-year-old Cara Delevingne, who has supposedly auditioned for a part. I know ... Cara who?!

The actress made her debut not long ago in Anna Karenina, alongside Keira Knightley. (Go figure! Those Focus people just love the indie-looking ingenues, eh?) A source told The Sun, "Cara is a front-runner for a part. She’s desperate to get the gig and has always said that she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress." But you can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to one thing: It doesn't sound like she's up for Ana. She supposedly auditioned for a "secondary part." Whew!

The source goes on to say, "[Cara] is a global icon now and a good actress as well and Sam [Taylor-Johnson] wants her in the movie -- though which part exactly hasn’t been established. ... [Cara's] agent has also been talking to Kelly Marcel, the screenplay writer. And, if need be, a strong role will be written in for her."

Whoa. Well, no matter what part she nabs, sounds like her chances are high, in part because of who she knows. Her socialite sisters Poppy and Chloe know Sam through their public school pals, which the source went on to say puts Cara in a good position for a "decent role." Cara also worked with Sam's husband Aaron on Anna Karenina.

Meanwhile, a South African model named Devin Paisley is garnering attention as a possible contender for Christian Grey. Not sure where the rumors began, but Devin's fans are lobbying for him to be considered -- in part because he stars in a viral YouTube clip as Kellan Kyle from S.C. Stephens' own erotic book series, Thoughtless.

'Course neither Cara or Devin are who we expected to be cast in the flick. But if their names being floated around are any indication of who will land the key parts, we better brace ourselves. We may have to get used to the idea of absolute unknowns -- or at least, lesser-knowns -- very quickly.

What do you think about the idea of lesser-knowns like Cara and Devin in main or even supporting roles?

 

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