I can’t stand it anymore. Everyone has an opinion on who should play Christian Grey, and to a smaller extent Anastasia Steele, in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. And, as an early and loyal supporter, I feel it is my duty to put out my own casting possibilities for Fifty Shades.
I want everyone to keep in mind that these books are all fantasy, and, as such, everyone in them is fantastically good-looking. Well, everyone except Ana’s stepfather, Ray. He’s supposed to be more of your “everyman” type of guy.
Anyway, prepare yourself…because, if Universal and Focus Features come calling, this is who I’m suggesting for the cinematic version of Fifty Shades of Grey. G-d I hope those casting directors listen to me!
Christian Grey: CHRIS EVANS
Copper hair, check. Incredibly gorgeous, check. Amazing steel gray eyes (well, they might be blue, but whatever), check. Ability to smolder, double check. Strong jawline (you gotta have a strong jawline), check check. And, the list goes on. Do you see what I’m talking about here? Look at that face, people. He is Christian. (He’s also the Gucci model.)
Most importantly, Christian Grey has to look good with low slung jeans on and no shirt. Well, get a load of this…
Anastasia Steele: EMILIA CLARKE
Remember, there’s a lot of focus on Ana’s lip biting in the books, so they need to be a prominent feature, as well as those clear blue eyes. Emilia has that in spades. Plus, the girl can act. She can play innocent and virginal, but still exude a quiet fortitude.
Kate Kavanagh: BLAKE LIVELY
Kate needs to be played by someone who has an innate sophistication and worldliness. That’s Blake. She’s the perfect compliment to Emilia’s (Ana) innate innocence.
Elliot Grey: RYAN KWANTEN
Elliot needs to have a mischievous gleam in his eye and radiate fun, while being flat-out sexy. Ryan Kwanten is Elliot. He is the perfect actor to coin “Laters Baby” and own it effortlessly.
Mia Grey: KATIE CASSIDY
She’s perfect for the fun loving, high-fashioned yet edgy character.
Carrick Grey: PIERCE BROSNAN
One distinguished patriarch, who also happens to be extremely handsome, coming up.
Dr. Grace Trevelyan-Grey: SELA WARD
Who are you going to call when you need a striking intelligent mother, who also happens to be a brilliant doctor? Sela Ward, of course.
Mrs. Robinson: KIM CATRALL
We need an iconic blonde for this role. She has to drip sex, bitchiness, wealth and a little desperation. I’m thinking no one could play our Mrs. Robinson, the woman responsible for Christian’s “sexpertise,” better than Kim Cattrall. Really, who is better to play this sexual predator? (She is most famous for having played Samantha Jones on HBO’s Sex and The City.)
Taylor: JOSH HOLLOWAY
This is our head of security, resident bad-ass in a black suit, and good-looking sometime flirt with Ana. We need someone with a commanding presence who can communicate with a look. Two words, Josh Holloway.
*Yet to be cast, Jose Rodriguez, Mrs. Jones, Dr. Flynn, Ray Steele and Carla (Ana’s mother).
However, I do think The Huffington Post article, “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie Casting: Who Should Play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, written on April 17th by Maggie Furlong, got it right when she suggested Michael Keaton play Ray Steele and Mary Steenburgen play Carla.
But, I strongly disagree that Helen Mirren should be cast as Mrs. Jones. Firstly, Mrs. Jones is supposed to be younger (no offense Helen), and secondly, you can’t have Helen Mirren cleaning the “Red Room of Pain,” but-plugs, or organizing nipple-clamps. Sorry. Not. Happening. Cheryl Ladd maybe, but not Helen.
Well, I’m sure I riled some of you up with my choices, but hey, that’s what the “comments” section is for, and I really want to hear from you. I want to know who you want to see play these roles. And, I’d love to know if you agree or disagree with my casting suggestions.
Now, for my virtual challenge…I’m throwing this back to my girl, Miss Lemonaid, at www.lifestylelemonaid.com. Make your picks, Girlie. Let’s see how our choices match up, and what your sippers think!