‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ author has seven actors in mind for movie

EL James has a shortlist of three actors and four actresses, but refuses to reveal names

Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James has admitted that she has seven actors in mind for the movie.

The screen rights to Fifty Shades Of Grey – which traces the sexual relationship between businessman Christian Grey and college graduate Anastacia Steele – were acquired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features this March (2012). However, the film still has no screenwriter, director or confirmed stars.

When asked about casting during an appearance on US talk show Katie yesterday (September 17), James replied: “It’s a sort of collaborative effort, but there’s, you know, a studio, a production company, there’s two producers, and at some point there’s going to be a director. So I’m sure everybody will have input into that.”

Continuing, James admitted that she has whittled down the contenders to a shortlist of seven actors, but refused to reveal names. She explained: “I have I think three people who could play Christian and about four who could play Ana. And I’m not going to tell you any of them.”

Earlier this month (September), James’s husband Niall Leonard let slip that the “last he heard”, Ryan Gosling was frontrunner to play Christian Grey. Other actors linked to the male lead include Channing Tatum, Lost‘s Ian Somerhalder and Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood.

Meanwhile, Shailene Woodley from The Descendants and teen star Ashley Benson are said to be contention to play 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.