Author refuses to give away which actor she wants to see as Christian Grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James has dismissed reports that Ryan Gosling is “frontrunner” to star in the film version of the novels.

The screen rights to her erotic novel – which traces the sexual relationship between businessman Christian Grey and college graduate Anastacia Steele – were sold back in March (2012). However, the film still has no screenwriter, director or confirmed stars.

Casting is a particularly hot topic. Last month (September 2012), the author revealed that she has “seven actors in mind” for the male and female leads, but previously, her husband appeared to let slip that Gosling was frontrunner to play Grey.

However, in a new interview with LA radio station KI-IS FM, James denied that her husband has given anything away. She explained: “No, that’s completely misreported. What happened is that his local paper… reported on my husband being the inspiration for Christian Grey. Underneath it they put a picture of Ryan Gosling, as well. So, that’s how that came about.”

When asked whether she does have an actor in mind, James remained coy, saying: “Maybe. I’m not going to tell you.” Other names attached to the Grey role include Jake Gyllenhaal, Channing Tatum and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder.

Meanwhile, Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel and Shailene Woodley from The Descendants are said to be contention to play Anastacia Steele. Harry Potter star Emma Watson has also been linked to the film, but recently denied that she has seen a script.

Since being published in 2011, Fifty Shades Of Grey has become notorious for its explicit sexual content and controversial portrayal of a relationship involving BDSM. The novel has now sold more than 5.5 million copies to British readers, making it the UK’s biggest-selling book of all time.