'50 Shades of Grey' Close to Casting Major Supporting Role

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jennifer ehleMove over, Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam, cuz a new star may be close to signing on to Fifty Shades of Grey! Jennifer Ehle is reportedly in negotiations with Universal and Focus Features to play Carla, aka Anastasia Steele's mom, described as "a strong Southern woman on her fourth marriage," according to Deadline.com, which first reported the news.

You may recognize Jennifer from Zero Dark ThirtyContagion, and The Ides of March, but she perhaps most memorably starred as Elizabeth Bennet opposite Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in the classic BBC miniseries version of Pride & Prejudice. And at just 43, I'd say she's baaaarely believably "old" enough to play a 21-year-old Ana's mom, but of course that's Hollywood for you!

It also bears noting that nothing's written in stone, and no official announcement has been made. Similar reports surfaced about Joe Wright directing, but those talks ultimately ended with Wright walking and Sam Taylor-Johnson signing on. So anything can happen while the negotiation process is still ongoing, but I wouldn't be surprised if Jennifer and the studios reach an agreement. Aside from the fact that she's a bit young, she does have a resemblance to Dakota that would make her believable enough as her mother ... And the producers should be thrilled to nab her, being that she's obviously a kick-ass actress the flick would be lucky to have in a supporting role

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Fingers crossed this all comes together sooner rather than later, so we can start hearing even more news about the rest of the cast. Katherine Kavanagh? Elliot Grey? Bueller? Anyone, anyone?

What do you think about Jennifer Ehle as Ana's mom? Do you think this is a sign we're gonna hear more about supporting cast soon?

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Laure... Lauren0983

She's perfect for Carla and the right age, but Dakota messes it up because she looks like she's in her 30s! She isn't our youthful, sweet faced Ana. Dakota looks old enough to be Jennifer's sister, not daughter. Keep Jennifer, replace Dakota!

Lindi Bess

Now either she's gotta wear alot of makeup or Dakota does.  Ones to old for her role and the other is too young....maybe they should switch


Laure... Lauren0983

Dakota shouldn't even be wearing any more makeup than necessary for camera purposes since Ana is very youthful and natural looking and doesn't wear makeup normally. So I don't know how they're going to do this. The problem isn't Jennifer - Carla had Ana at 19 or 20 which makes Jennifer the right age to play Ana's mom. But Dakota looks too old to be playing a 21 year old, she looks even older than her own age of 24!

peach... peachpies

Jennifer's perfect for Carla but Dakota being/looking so far from the Ana in the books I agree looks old enough to be Jennifer's sister! Dakota looks well into her 30s and so close to Jennifer and she's only 24. They didn't stick to the books when they cast Dakota for Ana and now it's all thrown off even more.

Amy Goforth

I think Jennifer could have played Ana and Dakota Carla!

Donna Irene Barajas

i didnt picture her mom that young looking.  but hey!  thats what makeup takes care of

Crissy Nanea

Michelle Pfifer for Mrs. Robinson!!!!

Becky Collins

Dakota looks to old to play Ana and Jennifer is way to young looking to be her mother.

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