'Fifty Shades Darker': 11 Stars Who May Slip Into Mrs. Robinson's Louboutins (PHOTOS)

Maressa Brown | Mar 18, 2015 Movies

denise richards as elena lincoln fifty shades darkerNow that we know Fifty Shades Darker is 100 percent ON, fans are salivating for info about the next installment of the franchise. Specifically, who will star as Elena Lincoln, the woman who dominated Christian Grey, taught him everything he knows about BDSM, and who Anastasia Steele nicknames "Mrs. Robinson"?

Back when the first flick was being cast, there was been plenty of buzz about a slew of incredible actresses being up for the role. But now that we've gotten a feel for how E.L. James' world translates to the big screen, it's a whole new ball game ...

Here, 11 stars who we could totally see in the role.

Who would you like to see play Elena?


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  • Cate Blanchett


    Sure, she is now burned into our brains as Cinderella's stepmother, but last year, she was Woody Allen's leading lady in Blue Jasmine. So who's to say that next year, the tremendously talented blonde couldn't take a turn as Mrs. Robinson? It would certainly be a coup to get her cast!

  • Sienna Miller


    At just 33, Sienna's a bit young to be cast as a woman who's supposed to be at least 20 years Christian's senior (so, in her late 40s-early 50s?), but you know Hollywood! AND she's a former flame of Jamie's in real life, so the chemistry would certainly be there!

  • Denise Richards


    There's been some buzz that the Wild Things star could be one glam pick to step into Elena's heels. We'd have to agree!

  • Charlize Theron


    The Dark Places star probably a longshot, but Fifty Shades fans have basically been envisioning her in the role of Mrs. Robinson since the story's inception. So, until the final casting is announced, #believe.

  • Kim Cattrall


    Best known for portraying Samantha Jones on Sex & the City, the veteran actress is a fan fave to play Elena -- for obvious reasons! She's expressed interest in the part, so it's quite a possibility! Plus, she was born in the U.K., so that should endear her even more to the production team who are mostly from across the pond, eh?

  • Carla Gugino


    In 2012, reports were flying that Spy Kids and New Girl star Carla Gugino had been cast as Elena. Producer Dana Brunetti shot the rumors down, and we haven't heard a peep about her involvement since, but her name had to come from somewhere! We think she'd make an amazing Elena, if the buzz becomes official at some point.

  • Uma Thurman


    Like Charlize and Kim, Uma Thurman has been one of those "holy grail" picks for Fifty Shades fans since day one. And she's played beautifully opposite hot, younger men before (see: Prime). Again, a longshot, but surely, producers would be PSYCHED to have her.

  • Amber Valletta


    The Hitch star and model certainly has that cool blonde look we envision when we think of Elena. No wonder she's made many a fan's wish list.

  • Marion Cotillard


    The French beauty, who took home an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose and has also starred in a slew of French and American films like Inception, Midnight in Paris, and Love Me If You Dare, would be out of this world in any role, including Elena Lincoln.

  • Naomi Watts


    The British actress definitely doesn't seem to shy away from challenging roles of all different genres, so it's totally possible that if she was given a shot at portraying Elena, she'd take it!

  • Kristin Bauer Van Straten


    True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten said during a Q&A portion at ComicCon in 2013 that she would consider playing Elena after fans told her she would be the "perfect" Mrs. Robinson. In turn, it's quite possible she'll land on the short list for the role.