It can be officially declared that Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey is hot. And if you want a certificate to prove this, just wait till the 13th of February 2015 when the film hits the theatres. The actor, who took over the mantle of playing the role of the successful entrepreneur, Christian Grey, from another television actor, Charlie Hunnam, has been seen only in crisp shirts and sharp suits and ties, treated onlookers to his sculpted physique in a fetching gray jogging gear. After all, fitness is something very close to both Jamie and Christian.
Jogging in the rain in gray gear definitely made a few hearts skip a beat as the actor took to the streets while shooting the exercise regimen of the dark, deep and brooding Seattle businessman, Christian Grey. With those icy blue eyes staring right at the camera and the sinister yet childlike smile plastered across his face, Jamie looked every bit as the Christian Grey he is meant to portray on the screen. But we have to give the casting team the praise and the pat on the backs they deserve for such a find.
The actor, was fortunately or unfortunately, not the first choice to play the ‘Marquis-De-Sade’ character of a man who has a penchant for painful lovemaking, or in other words, BDSM . Watching the 31 year old actor jog in the rain must have a treat and an eyeful for his fans, especially the female ones. The actor is a perfect choice to play the role also because he has a playful and genuine chemistry with his co-star, Dakota Johnson, who plays Grey’s submissive partner Anastasia Steele.
Even in the scenes that they have already shot, like the ‘Cafe shot’ or the ‘Contract Scene’ or even the ‘Bike Scene’ the couple have shown enough chemistry, and the word is also going around that Jamie is ‘overprotective’ towards the 24 year old. The scenes, in which they get a little or a lot naughty, like the racy scenes, are shot inside a studio, and if you want to know what kind of chemistry they have between the sheets, a little wait will do you good. The actor is also known to be a gentleman and there was enough evidence to prove that when he was gracious enough to sign a few autographs for his eager fans and when someone from the crew threw fresh water on the already dripping wet actor, he flashed his trademark gentlemanly smile that can actually melt hearts.
The film, which will have a Valentine’s Day release in 2015, is a tale of an uncommon love story between a self made businessman and a virginal college graduate, Anastasia Steele, who falls for the charms and the seductions of this billionaire. In the department of looks, Jamie Dornan ticks off in all the right boxes and when the movie has been adapted from an novel, written by E.L. James, need we say more about how appropriate Jamie Dornan is in the film?
For anyone who has been suspecting the choice of Jamie Dornan as the new Christian Grey, the latest development might bring some closure. The 31 year old star, who stepped into the shoes and the suits of Christian Grey, quite literally, after Charlie Hunnam walked out of the project quite suddenly. Ever since the photos from the shooting have made their way into our lives, we have been going gaga over Jamie Dornan. Be it the ‘contract scene’ or the ‘cafe scene’ Jamie Dornan has proved with each passing day that the casting team in fact does deserve a pat on their backs for choosing him.
Yet another example of the casting team’s success of choosing him was evident when the star was seen jogging in the rain in Vancouver. The scene shows the strict physical regimen that the brooding and manipulative billionaire follows to keep himself in good shape, make that the best shape. In the latest pictures which have surfaced, this father of one can be seen in a gray sweatshirt with a hood and Nike jogging shoes. What was most appealing about this former Calvin Klein model was that he was a thorough gentleman.
In between shots, he stopped to sign some autographs for eager fans and when someone from the crew sprayed water on the already wet from the rain star, he was generous and amicable enough to laugh the incident off. The rain definitely added to the appeal of “The Fall” star and we can only imagine the sizzle of the raindrops falling on the sculpted face and the body of the star. As Christian Grey, Jamie has to be in the best shape because the flick calls for some extensive skin show (we hope).
But if the producers of this E.L. James novel adaptation are to be believed then the content of the film will be less racy than the novel. It is not unknown that this novel, the first in the trilogy, has enough scope for us to feast our eyes on. The film is an adaptation of the novel written by British author E.L. James and revolves around the fetish of a billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey who seduces the naive and virginal college graduate Anastasia Steele. A recent poster of the film has also been released which refers to the first time Ana and Grey met each other as the caption reads “Mr. Grey Will See You Now”.
It is given to understand that this a premise this interesting, where the bedroom comes alive with their racy lovemaking both Ana and Grey have to be in shape. While Dakota Johnson, who plays Ana in the flick, is already doing her bit to get ready for the racy sequences by being on a raw juice diet, she was also spotted at the site jogging at night in her jogging gear. But thankfully, she did not have to brave the rain to stay in shape. Jamie, however, was not only busy jogging on the sets, but also playing with a four-legged cutie and drinking a hot beverage.
It is often said that where there are two women involved, there cannot be peace. Have Erica James, the brain behind the “Fifty Shades…” trilogy and Sam Taylor-Johnson, the brain behind the cinematic adaptation of the first novel in the trilogy set out to prove this statement true? We sure hope not. But if the gossip mills are to be trusted, then these two women are supposedly fighting it out on the sets of their movie in Vancouver. Though the author and mother of two teenage sons, Erica James has taken to Twitter, Sam Taylor-Johnson in tow to dispel such rumours, an insider from the set has spilled the beans about what has really been happening.
Rumour has it that Erica James and Sam Taylor-Johnson have disagreed on the perspective from which the film is to be made. The women, who are equally gifted in their respective crafts, have together posted a picture of them on Twitter where they have posed with their fists clenched showing off their best fight moves, mockingly of course. The photo that the author and the director posed for was incidentally clicked in a hardware store (or the set that has been set up to resemble the hardware store which is an important location both in the novel and in the film).
This hardware store is the same which goes by the name of Clayton’s and is Anastasia’s part time employer, and this is where Grey and she meet for the second time, after what has been dubbed as a disastrous encounter between the two. Actually, in the novel and in the film too, Ana goes to interview the self made billionaire Christian Grey for the college magazine that her friend and roommate Kate Kavanagh works for, since she was taken ill and could not conduct the interview herself. After interacting with Grey and taking a less than satisfactory interview, Ana is loathing in despair and thinks that they would not meet again.
But fate springs up the most peculiar of surprises and they meet again in this hardware store where he comes looking for masking tapes, ropes and the works that fuel his penchant for BDSM inspired love making. A source from the sets also disclosed that these two women, Erica and Sam, are going through a rough patch brought on by their creative differences. While Erica has been supportive of the female director and gave her nod of approval when she finalised as the captain of this vehicle, Sam and she have been arguing, figuratively, about how the novel is to be represented on the big screen.
As the author whose child the novel is, Erica wants an almost copy paste end result where the big screen adaptation of her hugely successful novel is concerned, on the other hand, Sam being an independent filmmaker at heart wants a different point of view to be reflected in the adaptation. The author and the director have, however, rubbished these rumours and say that all is hunky dory on the sets. We, however, have to wait till the 13th of February 2015 to know who won!
After much anticipation about the fate of the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the love story written by E.L. James and its adaptation for the big screen, directed by Sam Taylor Johnson, the fans and the followers of the “50 Shades Movie….” trilogy can now heave a sigh of relief. The movie Fifty Shades will finally see the light of day and will be released on the 13th of February 2015. But why did this movie’s fate hang in the balance? Though it is now known to all that the cast of the movie comprises Jamie Dornan as the sadistic pleasure loving Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as his submissive partner, many may not know that this coveted role, that of the self made billionaire, first went to Charlie Hunnam, the noted cast member of the television series “Sons of Anarchy”. But citing date problems and his commitment to the television series, Hunnam had to walk out after only a few weeks.
Post that, it was a trying time for the casting team, as they scouted every possible opportunity to find the next Christian Grey and start shooting. After dispelling rumours that the film would be shelved for lack of an actor who would play the role of the dynamic businessman and entrepreneur, the casting team and E.L. James welcomes Irish actor and model, Jamie Dornan as the new (and might we say improved) Christian Grey. Soon after, the cast and the crew packed their bags and were off to Canada to start shooting this February 2015 release. The cast, which now sports an Oscar winner and a singer/songwriter, is now ready to shift base to Canada, just like their Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey have already done, and continue shooting.
Another scene which has been in the news ever since it was shot was the ‘bike scene’ where the 31 year old hunk, rescues Ana, as they are walking down the road and a speeding bike rushes towards Ana. The scene is important not only because it shows the chemistry between the lead pair but also because the feelings that the couple has, for each other, other than the BDSM fantasies, are explored for the first time. As they leave the cafe, Ana and Grey, engrossed in talk, walk along the road and suddenly out of nowhere a biker emerges and almost hits Ana, when the knight in shining armour, Grey, jumps in and pulls her out of harm’s way. As she coils in his arms, their relationship seems to go through a transformation and when he pushes a strand of her hair away from her face and behind her eyes, we are really forced to think about the future of this relationship.
Among the first scenes that were shot in Canada, was the ‘contract scene’. For those who have read the trilogy or even the first part, will know that the pair embarks on a kinky and BDSM inspired relationship, which is just like a business arrangement and a deal, replete with non-disclosure agreements and contracts and when the businessman Grey, gives his docile partner, the virginal college graduate Ana a copy of the contract in a brown envelope, the fans could only see the palpable chemistry between the two, as the Ana walked away with her copy, dressed in red, wearing a camel coloured belted trench coat. But the scene did not end there, as she turned towards the Irish hunk one more time and before driving off in her car, she gently planted a kiss on his cheeks.
The coffee scene, which was but of course shot in a cafe, is important as it shows Grey’s genuine interest in Anastasia Steele as he quizzes her about her life and parents and actually underneath all the facade, actually wants to know whether she is in a relationship or not. To get the look and the expressions correct in this scene, the director had reportedly asked the cafe owner to serve as many as 44 cups of lattes. Talk about perfection, anyone! Lets raise a cuppa to that!
The movie Fifty Shades of Grey that has been making news for all the right reasons, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, is again in the news as reports and pictures surfaced of the shooting in full swing. From the crucial ‘contract scene’ to the near kiss episode between Ana and Grey, played by Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, the entire team is busy with the shooting so that the film can be released in February 2015. The delay in the release of the movie was triggered when the erstwhile Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam walked out of the project unexpectedly citing his commitment to his television series, “Sons of Anarchy”. Among the first scenes to be shot was the ‘contract scene’ which marks a serious turn if events in the relationship between Ana and Grey. She was seen in a red dress with a camel coloured belted trench coat and Grey, played by Dornan, was seen in his customised sharp suit and shirt.
While leaving, she gently plants a kiss on the chiselled cheeks of her co-star, Irish hunk, Jamie Dornan. The scene culminates, as she drives away and the look of surprise and bewilderment is seen clearly on the face of her co-star. The Movie Fifty Shades, which is based on the literary adaptation of the novel by E.L. James, has seen a lot of ups and downs and highs and lows when the development of the film was seen taking place. First the unceremonious exit of Charlie Hunnam and then the resultant delay in the shooting and finally the start of the shooting in Vancouver, to give the film a February 2015 release. The shooting progressed with the filming of the crucial scene where Grey saves Ana from an oncoming biker. This episode leaves her confused about the state of their relationship.
In the novel too, the bike incident, is seen as an important and crucial episode, where, Grey, like a knight in shining armour jumps at the opportunity of saving her from a speeding biker. Soon after, he pushes a strand of hair behind her eyes to inquire if she is doing ok. As she coils in his arms, it creates mixed and confusing feelings in her heart to stir, about the seemingly professional and contractual relationship they are about to enter into. To film this scene, we see Ana dressed in a tightly fitted pair of denims, with a white T-Shirt and a green army jacket thrown over. And Christian Grey aka Jamie Dornan looked dapper, as always, in a sharp suit and high collared shirt. In between the shots however, the pair was also seen ballroom dancing, and when enquired, they responded playfully saying that, the dance was only an option to fight the biting weather.
The millionaire businessman with a penchant for BDSM inspired is eagerly being waited for as he, Anastasia Steele in tow, make way to the theatres on 13th February 2015 to give you a taste of forbidden love and relationships. While this might be a conventional love story, releasing it at Valentine’s Day ensures that they can be on the must-see list of most couples, if it is not yet on that list till now.
The year end is the time to let go of all the disappointments of the past year and usher in the New Year with the promise of something more fruitful. The same can be said about the stars of the movie adaptation of E.L. James’s novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Movie’. The shooting of this venture directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson has been tossed around for quite some time and has finally taken off in Vancouver. The film which is eyeing a February 2015 release will be a treat for the fans of the book trilogy and has already created quite a flutter in the hearts of the readers and its dedicated fans when it was announced that the film would have an NC-17 rating because of the erotic content.
The Movie Fifty Shades , which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as the primary protagonists, will definitely have a good year ahead as they would be shooting for the entire year next year for the film and get it ready for its release in February 2015. Dakota Johnson who has only appeared in bits and pieces in films like ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ and ‘The Social Network’ will have her first release as a leading lady with the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. On the other hand, the lead actor of this venture, Jamie Dornan, will spend the New Year with a new member in his family. His wife, Amelia Warner, recently gave birth to a baby girl and the trio will spend the New Year amidst much frolic we are guessing.
The shooting of the film has started in Vancouver and the casting team continues to surprise us with recent additions like Luke Grimes, Rita Ora and Marcia Gay Harden. Before this however, the casting team has already surprised the fans and followers of the novel with startling exits like Charlie Hunnam who was earlier chosen as the sadomasochistic self made billionaire businessman and owner of Grey Enterprises, Christian Grey. But the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star had to make an unceremonious exit citing his commitment to his television programme and Irish actor Jamie Dornan replaced him amidst much speculation. This NC- 17 rated film continued to be in the news when the pictures from the first day of the shoot emerged and the lead pair created quite a ripple among fans.
The author, E.L. James, was also not very hopeful that the film would ever see the light of day and considering the cast changes which pushed back the shooting schedule. But the fact that this novel has made her the best selling and the highest earning author of 2013, she will surely have a New Year to remember. The novel which has inspired a film adaptation, will pull its target audience to the theaters come February 2015 but before that the fans will have to be satisfied with the pictures and the videos which are made available to them via the internet.
It is time to ring in the New Year with the hope that 2014 will give us more of the ‘Fifty shades of Grey Movie…’ frenzy and we will be busy watching every move made by the stars and the people associated with this venture.
After much toying with the star cast, the producers have finally been able to zero in on their Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. The pivotal characters will be played by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson respectively and the production team of The Movie Fifty Shades has already started shooting for the first leg in Vancouver. The scene which the lead pair shot n Vancouver was the ‘contract scene’, where Christian Grey hands over the contract of their sadomasochistic relationship to his submissive partner, Anastasia Steele. On the first day of the shoot, the lead pair of Grey and Ana was dressed in a sharp suit and a red dress with a camel colour belted trench coat. Right from the beginning of the shoot, the director and the actress were seen surviving on raw juices as part of their juice diet.
The juice diet is being followed by the actress to be in shape for the love making scenes which will soon follow and there is speculation that the lead pair might appear in the nude too. Among the scenes which were being shot in Vancouver, the contract scene took place in a cafe just outside the building which houses Grey Enterprises, Christian’s office. The cafe supposedly supplied 44 cups of lattes in between the shots.
The director Sam Taylor-Johnson is supposedly so meticulous about the angles and the shots that she wanted each scene to turn out perfectly and hence 44 cups were used to shoot the scene. The first day of the fifty Shades Movie shoot also saw the lead pair in quilted jackets and Ugg boots in between shots to keep them warm.
The end of the contract scene saw the lead pair engaging in an almost kiss, which turned to a peck on the check, planted by the beautiful and docile Ana on the chiselled cheeks of her co-star. The next scene which the pair has already shot is the crucial scene where he rescues her from a near death bike accident. It is then that he almost kisses her and looks deep into her eyes and they both realise that there could be something more may be between them. As he saves her, he pushes back a few strands of her brunette hair to see if she is alright. Both look striking and appealing with Jamie dressed in a dapper steel gray coat and high collared shirt and his leading lady was dressed in a white T-shirt with army green jacket and skin tight denims.
The cast already comprises of big names like Rita Ora and Marcia Gay Harden and is scheduled to hit the theatres on the 13th of February 2015. It is a wait, but good things come to those who wait and believing that, we can be hopeful that it will be a treat to watch the cinematic adaptation of this racy novel which is based on the complex BDSM relationship between two people and this novel has already found many takers, and the film too will find the same fate.
It truly takes a man to praise another man. And in that department, if you are a fan of Charlie Hunnam, you will be a proud one! The ‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor has broken his silence on the entire episode of walking out of the movie adaptation of the erotic novel by E.L. James and talked openly and generously about his replacement Jamie Dornan.
The actor has openly admitted that though he is not aware of the filmography or the acting prowess of his replacement, Jamie Dornan, he sure hopes that the Irish actor does justice to this complicated role. Moreover, he has come out in open support of the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson and has said that he has complete faith on the aesthetics of the director, and is sure that her choice, Jamie Dornan with Dakota Johnson would prove to be fruitful for the enterprise.
The actor has also said that he thinks Jamie Dornan is the perfect choice for Christian Grey, and we agree too, given that the latter is a former underwear model and in this film too, we would be seeing a lot of him in underwear, or not. When it comes to the casting choices, Charlie Hunnam was chosen to play the part first, but had to drop out due to his continuing involvement with the television series that rocketed him to fame. The man has loyalty too, women! But one man’s loss is certainly another man’s gain. And that is what happened to Jamie Dornan to! The actor has praised his predecessor of letting go of this opportunity because it gave him the chance to land the role of a lifetime!
Though the very first reaction that Jamie Dornan felt was ‘slight fear’, yet he could not rule out feeling excited too about being part of this venture, which has been hogging the headlines and the limelight ever since E.L. James wrote the sinfully delicious novel about the BDSM fantasies of a rich spoilt boy. Jamie Dornan hit the bulls eye hard when he said that he being cast as the new Christian Grey will not guarantee the movie Fifty Shades a success, and neither will he be able to serve and appease everyone, but the least he can do is put in all his efforts, (and the smouldering good looks and the chiselled body) to make the character as immortal on screen, as he is on paper, already.
The news doing the grapevine is that Charlie Hunnam gave the film a miss because of another reason. And that reason is, avoiding to be typecast as a fan fiction actor. It is not unknown that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Movie’ started as Twilight fan fiction and like Robert Pattinson has been typecast as the vampire Edward Cullen, Charlie Hunnam did not want to be, as the S & M loving billionaire, Christian Grey. And hence the decision to move out while you still have time!
After Marcia Gay Harden, another beautiful woman to join the cast of ‘The Movie Fifty Shades of Grey’ is the English pop sensation, Rita Ora. She confirmed on Twitter recently that she is officially a part of ‘Fifty Shades Movie ’ and has been cast as the adopted sister of the BDSM loving billionaire businessman, Christian Grey. But contrary to the effect that she wanted to achieve with this breaking news, many are unsure about casting Rita Ora as the 22 year old sister of Christian Grey. When it comes to the character that has been penned by E.L. James in her erotic trilogy, the only factor that brings Rita Ora and Mia Grey close is the fact that the latter is portrayed as a 22 year old and Rita is 23 years old in real life.
Apart from this, there are very few things that can actually bring the character and the actor playing her, together. The character, Mia Grey, is the adopted sister of Christian Grey and Elliot Grey and hence they are not blood-related, she not being Caucasian will not be an issue here. E.L. James also portrays her as a cello playing character, in real life she Rita Ora does not play the cello, she is musically inclined and active and we know that for sure! Her musical exploits include her number one singles “R.I.P”, “Hot Right Now”, “How We Do” and more. Born in Yugoslavia, Rita Ora has yet another disconnect with the character Mia Grey. In the novel, Mia is one of the tallest characters, but in real life her 5.5 height is lesser than even Dakota Johnson’s.
Rita Ora is not new to films or big screen appearances. No, we are not talking about her music videos, silly! We are talking about her 2004 British film “Spivs” and “Fast and Furious 6” and a cameo appearance in the series, 90210. Now that she has joined the ensemble cast of the E.L. James novel adaptation to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, she can get that much written about the sleek bob haircut, which would be a welcome break from the beach blonde look she is sporting now. The move that she has consciously made from music to films is going to increase her visibility and though there may not be many takers for this fresh piece of news, her addition to the star cast will steer her fans towards this movie franchise for sure.
The 50 Shades of Grey Movie, has already seen sudden cast changes, additions and alterations and her fans can only hope that history does not repeat itself with her inclusion in the cast. Previously, there have been actors who have been part of this venture one day and the next day they have cited strange reasons and parted ways. Some might say that the project is jinxed, yet the hoopla surrounding the ‘Fifty Shades….’ trilogy has garnered enough attention from all quarters. Jinxed or not, there is one thing undeniable about the star cast, and that is the fact that it is an immensely beautiful star cast, from the rugged looks of the former Calvin Klein model, Jamie Dornan to the platinum locked Rita Ora, the petite Dakota Johnson or the blonde beauty Eloise Mumford.
With a sister like Mia Grey, Christian Grey is one lucky fellow to be surrounded by beautiful women, both at home and outside.
Coming from the woman who has written probably the most successful erotic thriller in recent times, this is epic. EL James has said that she did not expect her books, particularly this trilogy to do so well and it was her dream to only see her books make it to the bookshelves. The unprecedented success that she and her books have enjoyed, and are still enjoying, has completely ‘terrified’ her as she is not used to this. Blaming her mother for worrying too much about things, James has said that she was not even thinking a movie adaptation when she wrote the raunchy and racy thriller.
But no matter what she expected, she is at the helm of affairs now. In her quest to get the movie adaptation right, she is going all out and is involved in the casting process as well. The trilogy has also made her the highest selling and highest earning author this year. So she has a lot to look forward to with the movie adaptation. The book has tasted towering success and if all goes well, the film will too, at least that’s the idea behind it. The movie has already run into quite a few controversies, given the subject it is based on and the casting turmoil that has plagued the movie till now.
The casting issues and the subject of BDSM, on which the movie is based, have sparked controversies with actors walking out and new ones replacing them. All this has upset the shooting schedule of the movie and the release has been pushed back to February 2015, much to the dismay of the fans. Though the film has been scheduled to release a day before Valentine’s Day 2015, there is hardly any love in the classical sense in the movie adaptation. There are one-sided love stories galore in the film adaptation in the movie, without much effect. The one-sided love stories worth mention are the ones between Ana and Grey and the other between José and Ana.
The movie franchisee is based on the unreciprocated feelings that Ana has for the dark and brooding billionaire, with a taste for BDSM, Christian Grey. It is at the end of the first novel that she realises love has no meaning in this arrangement that she has with Grey, and he clearly has no intentions of falling in love with her, proposing to her, marrying her and fathering her children and living happily ever after with her. The one who might have done all that for her, and with her is her best friend, José. He is clearly in love with her, but this time Ana does not reciprocate his feelings.
With such a snug and compact storyline, the book has been a success even before and much more that James had anticipated and when the opportunity to see it come alive on screen came her way, it was too huge to be given up. Though she may be ‘terrified’, James should know that such opportunities hardly come and she was right to take it up. After writing a bestseller, being the top-selling and top-earning author of the year and seeing her literary creation come alive on Hollywood screens, what can possibly go wrong?
If there has been anything constant about the cast list of the movie adaptation of the E.L. James novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, it has been the rumours. Barring Dakota Johnson who will play the character of Anastasia Steele, almost all the other key characters and their players are facing uncertainty in this venture. Starting with the protagonist of the novel Christian Grey to the other characters like Mrs. Robinson and Kate Cavanaugh, the casting team of this movie seems to be having a tough time tying the right actor to the right character, literally and figuratively.
Starting with Christian Grey, among many Hollywood heartthrobs like Matt Bomer, Alexander Skarsgard, Ian Somerhalder, Theo James, Christian Cooke and Jamie Dornan, Charlie Hunnam the star of the TV series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ was chosen to play the coveted role. But after he shook himself off from the project citing his busy schedule and his commitment to the TV series, these actors were back in the race to be the next Grey. Out of all these undisputed good-looking men, the role finally went to former Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan. Let us hope that he does not get ‘tied up’ in any other commitment and continues to be a part of this adaptation.
Another character who has also seen a lot of uncertainty is Mrs. Robinson. In the novel, she is an aged woman who is Christian Grey’s mother’s friend and she is also the one who had seduced the teenaged Grey and introduced him to the world of BDSM. Since the character is aged and an aged seductress at that, there are few women in Hollywood who would be able to balance the age and the flair for inappropriate relationships. The contenders for this role were Rose McGowan, Katie Holmes and Kristin Bauer Van Straten.
If the grapevine is to be believed, the role of this aged seductress has gone to Katie Holmes, who is desperate to don this avatar to show Hollywood what she is capable of and is very serious to take this on as an image makeover too. But some quarters have raised the concern that the 34-year old star is not old enough to be a ‘Mrs. Robinson’. The other contenders, on the other hand, Rose McGowan and Kristin Bauer Van Straten, aged 40 and 46 respectively would have been closer, age wise, to the character depicted in the novel.
Among the other characters which are facing uncertainty in being depicted on the big screen, the next one on the list is Ana’s best friend Katherine Cavanaugh or Kate. She is a pivotal character not only because she is the one who brings together Ana and Christian but also because she ultimately pairs up with Elliot Grey, Christian’s elder brother and they also have a daughter eventually. In the novel, E.L. James describes her as having strawberry-blonde hair, a curvaceous figure and green eyes. The casting team has been on the lookout of an actress who would resemble the character as much as possible.
A few names that have been doing the rounds are Katrina Bowden, Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively, Amber Heard, Brooklyn Decker and Dianna Agron. However, it has been reported that the role has been given to Eloise Mumford. With so much uncertainty surrounding the actors playing these characters and the date of the release being pushed back to February 2015, let us hope that the film finally makes it with these stars and is not ‘tied up’ in any other controversy.
Now we know who’s to play Christian Grey in the upcoming movie, let’s take a closer look at Christian Grey as a character. We meet him at the age of 27-years old and like any character in a book, he’s more than one-dimensional.
If we look deeply enough, there are two Christians. There’s the BDSM Christian and then there is the professional Christian. Grey Enterprises works hard and provides food aid to developing countries. This gives him a moral string to his bow and it’s likely this moral side appeals to Anastasia who has a deep intelligence of world affairs and is quite “current” in her deliverance of her deeper character.
The BDSM side of Christian likes to “hurt” women and to see their pain. It’s not his money that attracts Anastasia, it’s what his money shows him to be and that’s a good man underneath all that bravado. We could liken Christian to a couple of other movie characters. Take Edward for example in Pretty Woman. Very wealthy, very unavailable in emotional terms, yet also offers a contract for services in exchange for money. This is serving their physical needs and leaves both men not to have to face their emotional side and show any feelings. Yet both women without trying begin to chip away at these frozen islands and what happens? Both men fall in love with the women. While the stories are very different, the male characters eventually come to realize that they are capable of love. It surely highlights that attraction doesn’t offer a choice, when it happens, it happens.
There are so many similarities between Edward and Christian. Both buy and sell companies, both of them build ships, both splash out endless amounts of cash on clothes, private jets and shopping trips. Both men begin to soften and show some emotion as the story progresses. Those of you who have watched Pretty Woman cannot fail to forget the scenes of the normally immaculately dressed Edward, walking around in circles in his bare feet enjoying the simple, wonderful feeling of grass under his feet. 24-years after the release of the movie, I can still remember that scene.
Christian Grey is an entrepreneur of the social kind. He does good through social enterprising and providing the lesser off than him, not individuals but whole countries with the labors of his hard work. These are borne through innovation and enterprise. Edward is a 20th century tycoon on which the likes of Christian Grey have looked up and felt inspired by. Christian doesn’t have to take his socks off to feel what’s around him as Edward did in the previous century; Christian’s whole company is based on the wholesome fat of the land. Christina represents the social entrepreneur of the 21st century in many ways who drive us all to see the better good in ourselves and enables us to help those developing nations to provide for themselves and to sustain their families.
Edward by comparison, saves companies and those employees who would be affected by such closures and dismantling of said companies. Christian Grey and Edward are far apart in terms of centuries. But the overriding sense of both men is the same.
The very part of both men and this must be highlighted, is that both men are humanized by the woman they initially wanted for physical gratification.
In layman’s terms, they both fell in love…
With all the casting news and rumors going round about the candidates to play the dominant Christian Grey being centered on the big three: Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer, it’s understandable that we need a little variety in our Christian Grey diet. While the top three are pretty much the perfect picks for Grey, it’s always fun to look at alternatives just to spice things up a little.
The movie is getting closer and closer to being filmed, and while it seems unlikely we’re going to get the summer 2014 release we’ve been promised, hopefully we’ll be put out of our misery as far as casting is concerned. E.L. James has been teasing her fans on twitter about Grey, not even giving us the slightest hint, but we can tell you who the next actor is who has made it onto the list – Irish hottie Cillian Murphy.
He does have something very Christian Grey about him – he’s got the intense eyes and there is something sexy and dark about the Inception star, and lately he’s been garnering a lot of fan attention when it comes to casting.
Murphy might be ten-years too old for the 27-year-old CEO, but he doesn’t look a day over thirty, and we know he is charming, sophisticated and is a very talented actor. We think he could definitely hold his own against Cavill and Somerhalder, and many of his fans on Twitter have been open about their support for the Batman Begins actor.
“I think Cillian Murphy should be a serious contender for Christian Grey in the ’50 Shades’ movie. He is so intense.” Tweeted @FilmFatale_NYC.
“Cillian Murphy NEEDS to be Christian Grey for the Fifty Shades movie,” said another fan under the handle @charrizard.
And @siplooalike had this to say on the matter: “Cillian Murphy is my vote for #50shades moves as Christian Grey after watching Inception tonight!”
When Murphy was approached on the matter on the topic of casting back in 2012, the 37-year-old actor said: “No strategy, no plan. You just read the script. If you like it, you like it.”
So what do you think? Could you imagine the blue-eyed Inception star in the red room of pain with Anastasia Steele or are you in the traditional camp belonging to either Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer or Henry Cavill? Share your thoughts!
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to come to the big screen in 2014, but its lead male role, Christian Grey, has yet to be cast. Whoever earns the role will likely be catapulted onto the world stage. This has only made the long-anticipated announcement of who is to play the wealthy Christian a hotbed of confused and confusing Hollywood insider “confirmations” and resulted in countless fantasy casting flame wars online. The film version of the first in a trilogy of novels by E.L. James will show the beginnings of the submissive affair between Christian and Anastasia “Ana” Steele (for which role no actress has been cast as of yet either).
The novel’s Christian Grey is an entrepreneur in his late twenties who physically towers over Anastasia, being tall and possessing a muscular frame. He is a well-dressed man whose dark hair, gray eyes, and charming exterior belie a controlling and jealous bsdm practitioner.
With the novel’s myriad fans (and its author) voicing opinions on whom best to cast as Christian and the media reporting actors supposedly attached to the project several names consistently appear. Four nearly ubiquitous such actors are Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Ryan Gosling, and Alex Pettyfer. Matt Bomer, the seemingly universal fan favorite, certainly has the look and behavior of a well-to-to, superbly dressed, and cultured man down, as shown on “White Collar,” where he plays an ex-con working with the FBI to solve crimes. He also had a role in “Magic Mike,” which could add some credence to him in a role requiring him to bare skin onscreen.
Ian Somerhalder, like Bomer, is a television actor currently known for playing an attractive man of means, though his role on “The Vampire Diaries” means more brooding and an inner darkness closer to Christian’s than Bomer has thus shown. Another brooder extraordinaire and fan favorite, Ryan Gosling, has become a household name over the past few years, known for his piercing gaze and wide range of roles. His captivating talent and his ability to immerse himself in any character make him, as Christian Grey, an easy sell for audiences and would guarantee a riveting performance.