Well, when I reported Shailene Woodley would find it “fun” to do the erotic adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, I didn’t think anything official would come of it. Now I see that Variety has reported that Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots, Shailene Woodley and Dakota Johnson are the top picks that Universal and Focus Features likes the most for the role of Anastasia Steele. They also report that Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy had piked the interest of the studio for the male lead, Christian Grey. No decisions have been made, however. The movie will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and production is expected to start at the end of October.
In another interesting tidbit, the Variety article revealed that Divergent actor Theo James met for the role of Christian but the studio has decided to go older – opting for a more mature actor in his 30′s rather than his 20′s. To me that makes it seem rather strange that they’re going for actresses as young as Shailene Woodley – but I guess that would magnify the contrast between Ana’s innocence and Christian’s brashness.