Emma Watson has batted away rumours linking her to the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.
Earlier this week (July 30), it was reported that the Harry Potter actress was “in preliminary talks” to star as Anastasia Steele on the big screen.
However, Watson has now insisted that she has given the film no thought, telling Entertainment Weekly: “I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing. There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – I never even saw a script!”
The screen rights to Fifty Shades Of Grey – which traces the sexual relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey – have been acquired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film is being produced by Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who previously worked together on The Social Network.
Casting for the film is a hot topic. Alongside Watson, American teen stars Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson have been linked to the role of Steele, while Katie Cassidy (pictured) is said to be in contention for two different parts in the film.
Meanwhile, Lost‘s Ian Somerhalder, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård and Superman star Henry Cavill are all rumoured to vying for the Grey role. Earlier this month (July), Channing Tatum admitted he is interested in the male lead – but only if he can star alongside his wife, Jenna Dewan.
Since being published last year, Fifty Shades Of Grey has become notorious for its explicit sexual content and controversial portrayal of a relationship involving BDSM. The three novels by British author EL James have now sold more than 31 million copies worldwide.