"Fifty Shades of Grey" is being developed as a film at Universal and everyone who has read the book has casting suggestions for lead characters Christian Grey and Ana Steele.
UPDATE---June 13, 2012----- Do fans have hope of a re-written trilogy from the perspective of Christian Grey. The N.Y. Daily News thinks so. Read that here.
UPDATE---June 12, 2012----Author Bret Easton Ellis has thrown his hat in the ring to adapt the book into a screenplay and has put forth the actors and actresses he believes would be best to play Ana and Christian.
Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart for Ana and Ryan Gosling or Alexander Skarsgard as Christina. Read the whole story, here.
UPDATE---Tuesday June 5, 2012-----After posting the article below only three days ago, dozens of you have taken the time to chime in with suggestions. There is a lot of sentiment for Ian Somerhalder with the close second of Chris Hemsworth.
There have been outstanding out-of-the-box suggestions like Jason Smith a/k/a Smith Jerrod and even Jude Law who might be a tad old.
A few beautiful young women have garnered a handful of votes but none has taken a real lead. They include Lucy Hale and Amanda Seyfried, while the Twi-hards still maintain that Kristin and Robert are still the ones they'd love to see play Christian and Ana. Add your ideas to the comments below.
Also, see if you have anything to add to the discussion about if you are judged when you speak about Fifty Shades of Grey.
Fans of "Fifty Shades of Grey" are letting their voices be heard in the speculation game about who will embody the two main roles of the lovers Christian and Ana, who let their libidos fly every few pages in the book's text.
Because of the dark nature of Christian Grey's inner world and his obsessive and possessive nature that manifests as stalking, demands for obedience and more, fans are torn about whether the actor chosen should be one already known for sinister and creepy parts or a young newcomer who might blow up as big as Robert Pattinson did in the "Twilight" series. Read: Fifty Shades of Grey author drove hard bargain in movie rights negotiations.
Buzz is building about choices for the part of Christian Grey.
Christian Bale whose "Dark Knight" role allows him to play a wealthy and powerful control freak. His downside could be his age, since the character of Christian Grey is written as a 27 year-old man.
Ryan Gosling has come up numerous places after his chilling parts in "Drive" and "Ides of March" that demonstrate his ability to play dangerous characters, willing to do what is necessary to get what he wants.
Michael Fassbender is gaining buzz in the fan polls. Fassbender was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his sex addict role in "Shame". He's closer in age to Christian Grey and his brown-red tinged hair can be touched up for Grey's much talked about copper locks.
Alexander Skarsgard portrays a vampire on HBO's "True Blood" and is used to being naked in his scenes, which if the producers decide to go for an "R" movie rating could be important.
Robert Pattinson shot to fame playing a controlling and tortured lover as Edward Cullen in "Twilight". EL James, Fifty Shades author makes no bones about her taking "Twilight" as a model for her own trilogy. It also is why Pattinson, forever associated with Edward's character might not work.
On the female side of the equation, scores of actresses could fill the bill as Ana Steele but some of the most talked about are:
Emma Stone who famously played a wise-mouthed high schooler in "Easy A" and went on to play other similar roles could be old news at this point, but there is no doubt she could handle the strong personality and sexual naivete of Ana Steele.
While Kristen Stewart is favored by Twi-Hards, her downside could be the same as boyfriend Pattinson. --- too associated with her role as Bella Swan. Yet one fan site suggested fellow "Twilight" actress Ashley Greene. Although she is a bit old for the part, there's no doubt she could fill the bill as the innocent yet adventurous part of Ana.
Bella Heathcote might have earned her right to be considered by playing opposite Johnny Depp in the recently released "Dark Shadows". Her delicate, pale skin and her ability to play a character possessed by the past could fit the bill.
Emma Watson's name has been floated since she certainly knows what is expected from an actress cast in a multi-picture deal --- Fifty Shades is expected to be a trilogy of movies. Watson could be too mainstream after her Harry Potter work.
Lily Collins, another new star on the scene has the pale skin and the ability to play an virginal ingenue after her recent role as Show White in the Julia Roberts led "Mirror Mirror".
Both Jennifer Lawrence and Rooney Mara have the chops to play Ana, demonstrated by their respective roles in "Hunger Games" and "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". The timing might not work for Lawrence as she is locked down for sequels and Mara knows how to portray a tortured soul herself, but can she play the light-hearted Ana?
Another newcomer who made a splash in the past year is Shailene Woodley who filled the role of George Clooney's rebellious daughter in "The Descendants." She is age appropriate and her sarcasm-dripped dialogue was spot on.
Is it appropriate to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey in public? Some say it isn't, some wonder what all the fuss is about.