Another day, another Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumor. Fans who are delirious with anticipation of the cast announcement should get ready to get even more delirious, because the latest rumor has it that the producers' favorite choice for Anastasia Steele is in line with one of the top fan choices: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.
Rumor has it that supermodel Cara Delevingne auditioned for the role, but didn't win it. (Another rumor had it that she auditioned for a smaller role.) Yet another rumor has it that she's being considered for Christian Grey's sister, Mia, or Christian's former submissive, Leila.
But I could see Emilia being a great choice. She's got the look, the acting chops, and she comes with a big fan base thanks to the popular Game of Thrones. She already knows how to look medieval so she should be perfectly at home in the Red Room of Pain!
Other actresses being bandied about for the Ana role are Dakota Johnson, Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots, and Shailene Woodley. Fan faves have always included Alexis Bledel and Lucy Hale. But we don't hear much about them anymore. Let's face it, the producers have probably looked at every blue-eyed actress in her 20s in all of Hollywood.
If you ask me, fans should scour the movies that Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson has worked on (it's a small list!). Directors love to work with actors they had good experiences with in the past. Check out Ophelia Lovibond, who was in Taylor-Johnson's Nowhere Boy, or Andrea Riseborough, who was in her short film Love You More. They both certainly have the look.
The question with Emilia will be how she'll find time to film, considering she's now working on a movie called Rosaline.
Anyway, it'll all come down to who has chemistry with whomever gets cast as Christian. The main producer said as much.
But I don't think anyone could quibble with Emilia in the lead.
Who will play Anastasia? Would Emilia be a good choice?
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