“Fifty Shades of Grey” movie lovers have long been awaiting news on Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and with an alleged casting call being put out to the public this week, it seems that the time to find our Christian and Ana has almost come, Wet Paint reported this Wednesday, Aug. 7. The first stages of pre-production on the film have also been affirmed to be underway.
A recent posting at Acting-Auditions.org has garnered major interest of “Fifty Shades of Grey” followers this week after an “official” casting call was seemingly made looking for actors and actresses to try out for the lead role of Christian Grey and Ana Steele. Titled “Universal Pictures open casting call for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ male and female lead roles,” the message says that the casting director for the film is now making a talent search across the world for the perfect stars to play Christian and Ana.
According to the posting, it’s not just big-name stars, either. Those from the general public interested in making a name for themselves on the silver screen in EL James erotic novel-into-film are encouraged to audition before casting agents.
For the submissive Ana Steele, someone who was “20-25 years old, Caucasian, very beautiful, innocent and inexperienced, but also very intelligent and sharp” is being looked for. As for the dominant Christian Grey, a”25-33 years old, Caucasian, the perfect man, he’s extremely good-looking, sexy, confident and carries himself well. His intelligence and drive has led him to become a self-made billionaire” is being sought after.
Now, however, the posting is no longer available.
Perhaps most interesting of all is that no acting experience was asked for! While EL James has picked relative unknowns up until now, both her director and her screenwriter are still both talented and experienced experts in their fields of film, so being interested in someone without any experience is a bit hard to believe, but still possible.
Casting rumors have been tough on fellow “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie fans, and understandably so without any word from James yet. There has been no confirmation or denial from the inner goddess author on her Twitter account, which is often a confirmatory source on any “Fifty Shades of Grey” or Christian Grey casting news. So while this “official” casting call remains a mystery, there certainly could be some truth to it — and it IS likely that some potential actors (or actor hopefuls) are already lined up.
Yet after hearing just last week that Ian Somerhalder was allegedly out of the running and that actor Garrett Hedlund had said no to the Christian Grey role, it does seem to point to the idea that James is ready to find her leads. The exact pick is going to be a very tough one, as an actor and actress to encompass all of the points (the looks, the charm, the depth, the nature) of these characters in Christian and Ana is no easy task.
Do you believe the casting call is 100% true? With “Fifty Shades of Grey” once again taking to the forefront of the book and movie world news, it’s likely that more actors and actresses, big and small, will be trying to get their name attached to the series. It has also been said that pre-production on the film is now underway, and with a release date of less than a year to go now, that’s certainly not a stretch to consider.
Who do you want to see as your Christian and Ana? An unknown or a fan favorite like Henry Cavill, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer or Emilia Clarke and Alexis Bledel? Perhaps the best news, at least, is that the casting call has everyone talking about “Fifty Shades” again, and only boosting the excitement that will come when our leads are finally found.
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