Interested In Roles, But Have They Read The Books?

A movie deal made literally on the heels of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series being published has generated a lot of buzz but has barely given already-busy actors/actresses a chance to keep up and read the story that will be coming to the big screen.

We’ve already talked about the first few actors (Ian Somerhalder, Chris Pine, William Levy) who openly spoke about it here. As we said previously, that was just the beginning. Since then, more actors/actresses haven’t been shy about tossing their grey ties and handcuffs into the ring when asked if they are interested in playing the characters of Christian and Ana.

Admittedly, he hasn’t read the books, but when Access Hollywood described the story and character of Christian Grey to Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) in an interview, he replied, “I was born to play that part.” (Source)

His costar in the upcoming movie Battleship, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), was also asked about playing the role by Access Hollywood. He also admitted he has not read the books. However, it seems Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely on his radar because he stated he is asked about the books “almost daily.” (Source)

When Celebuzz asked Chris Hemsworth (Thor, SWATH, The Avengers) about the role of Christian, he announced, “I’m not going to say anything. I haven’t read the book!” He did say he had previously heard about the books, as he was present when his Avengers’ co-star Chris Evans (Captain America) was asked if he would like to play the role. (Source)

A fan asked Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga) via twitter if he was up for the role. He responded:

@carol_leomil: @MichaelWelchAct Do you would like to play Christian Grey in the movie? =)” Sure, it’s gonna be gosling though.

(Note: If we were E L James, we would take the opportunity to audition ALL of the actors interested in playing Christian because what a glorious and surreal opportunity it would be to hear several different smexy actors saying the words you wrote!!!)

Potential Ana actresses are speaking out too!

Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) was asked about the movie by @mtvnews, and she stated, “I haven’t read it.” She went on to say that she didn’t think she should star in it alongside her Vampire Diaries’ costar (and boyfriend) Ian Somerhalder concluding, “Either he should get it, or I should get it.” (Source) Sounds like she would be interested in playing Ana under the right circumstances though.

In an interview with Kristen Stewart (The RunawaysThe Twilight Saga, SWATH), Celebuzz’s Taryn Ryder asked about the FSoG movie roles going to Kristen and her Twilight Saga co-star (and rumored boyfriend) Robert Pattinson because of the story’s basis in Twilight fanfiction, only to be answered with “I haven’t read the book yet.” She goes on to say she wants to work with Rob again but it would need to be something ‘ridiculously ambitious’.” (Source)

And finally, Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Client List) has only just begun reading the books but declared to Access Hollywood, “I wanna be Anastasia so badly.” (Source)

So exactly who in Hollywood IS reading the books?

Eva Longoria tweeted after she met E L James backstage at The View. Hopefully this means that if she didn’t have the books already, Eva left that day with three new signed books in hand to read! Could they have discussed a part for her?

Eva Longoria: Look who I met in the green room of the View! E.L. James author of Shades of Grey! Who is reading this? Or read it?

Allison Williams (Girls) told Access Hollywood that she is reading the books. When asked if she would be up for playing the part of Anastasia Steele with all that it entailed, she waivered but didn’t seem to completely rule it out. (Source)

Wendy Williams, Ryan Seacrest, and Julianne Hough have also publically said they are reading the books. Jennifer Grey tweeted a few references specific to the books. Others are poised to read the books, including Fran Drescher, who has the books on her Kindle, and MTV’s Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz), who tweeted he is in possession of the books for research purposes. You can read the complete article where he mentions FSoG here.

Have we heard from your favorite(s) yet? If not, let’s hope they have upcoming interviews with @AccessHollywood, @mtvnews, @ChristinaMTV and/or @Taryder with @CELEBUZZ because they are not shy about bringing up the topic!!! Thankfully!

20 thoughts on “Interested In Roles, But Have They Read The Books?

  1. I think before anyone throws there hat in the ring seriously they need to read the books. You can’t pick a part only because the movie might be really big. If you don’t find something intriguing about the character then I don’t think you’ll be able to do the job.

    As for Taylor Kitsch, I love him but he doesn’t have that refined look and style that Christian has.

    As for auditioning them all. I’m sure Universal will do a good job of weeding out who is serious (at this point I’m sure they’re all just trying to get there name out there for the notoriety) and who has serious skills for the part.

  2. Awesome post, kiTT. I’m thrilled to see people answering the question responsibly: “I haven’t read the book yet.” It tickles me to see that they aren’t just jumping on the bandwagon and saying, “Yeah! I totally wanna be Christian/Ana!” without having read it first. Because, let’s face it…it’s not for everyone. *shrug* It’s going to take someone very talented to play those parts well.

    Anyhoo…I just saw on E! today that they were asking Rob and Kristen about the parts. I’ll be honest…I’d rather not see them play Christian and Ana. Yes, I realize that it was a fan fic but I’ve never seen either of them as the players. *shrug* Apparently I was grumbling out loud because my 11 year old daughter asked me what the big deal was. Then she asked if she could read the book…so I promptly went and hid it.

  3. I don’t believe any of these actresses would work really well as Ana. Whether they read the books or not. I think either Chris would work, but being the picky reader I am I want the actor who plays Christian to be PERFECT! Whomever plays Christian better study him really hard while reading. He truely is Fifty Shades.

  4. Yes to Jennifer Love Hewett she would rock as Ana!!! But we would need an equally hot Christian. A young Eric stoltz… Oh he’d have made a beautiful Christian Grey….hmm the thoughts.

  5. first of all we need to consider the age of these characters… 22 and 27. I think that should be taken into consideration… a lot of the men and women people are throwing out there (women especially) are NOT that age, nor could they conceivably play that age. I have to admit, while reading the books I did imagine Alex Skarsgard in my mind many times. I also think that Tom Welling would be a much better choice than Ian Somerhalder… They have the same facial features except Tom has at least 3 inches on Ian and fits the physical stature more than Ian does. But I am still leaning a bit more towards Alex.

    has anyone considered Jenna Malone as Ana? When I read the character description in the book she really fit it for me. Seeing the kind of person she is in other movies too leads me to believe she can play a very submissive but complex character well… but who knows! Keep in mind we should be able to believe that she is still a virgin at 21 or 22 years old. And honestly… some of those “bombshells” people keep suggesting for Ana just completely unbelievable submissive types.

    Maybe my mind will change but those are my thoughts as of now! :)

  6. Ha! They need to cast what the people in the bdsm lifestyle actually look like which is middle aged or older, and unattractive. None of them looked wealthy either. Go see for yourself they are all over AOL. Please don’t do this roll Alexander. You are a dream dom but women wanting to explore their darker fantasies are going to be so disappointed when they see the reality of what is out there.

  7. I think Felicity Jones and either Alexander Skarsgard or Chris Hemsworth would be great… But Felicity Jones hes the look of Ana… I think she woul dbe perfect!

  8. I seriously think Harry Lloyd should be considered for Fiftys roll. He would just need to bulk up a bit. Just watch him in game of thrones. He can totally be 50 shades of Awesome for this roll.

  9. I just cannot wait to see the movie!!!!…but I would love to see Ian Somerhalder play Christian and then I think Emilia Clarke as Ana, perfect fit for the descriptions in the book and the ages are very close!!!
    Ugh…saw that Angelina Jolie wants to try for the part also!! Give me a break….she is tooooo old!!!

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