Jake Gyllenhaal has admitted that he would consider starring in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film.
The screen rights to the erotic novel – which traces the sexual relationship between businessman Christian Grey and college graduate Anastacia Steele – were acquired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features back in March (2012). However, the film still has no screenwriter, director or confirmed stars.
Casting for the project is an increasingly hot topic. Earlier this week, the book’s author EL James admitted that she has seven actors in mind to play the male and female leads, but declined to name them.
Gyllenhaal is thought to be a strong contender, but during an interview with US radio station KIIS-FM, the actor seemed surprise by the rumour. He said: “That’s super flattering. I mean, I have not heard that, but if that’s true then that’s a nice thing. It’s always nice to be considered.”
When asked whether he would be interested in taking on the role, Gyllenhaal replied: “Yeah, of course! I always want to work, man, of course.”
Other actors mooted to play Grey include Channing Tatum, Lost‘s Ian Somerhalder and Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood. Earlier this month (September), the author’s husband Niall Leonard let slip that the “last he heard”, Ryan Gosling was frontrunner.
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.