At this point the stories surrounding the female casting of Fifty Shades of Grey seems to be going in circles. The same three names have hovered around the role of Anastasia Steele, with the likes of Mila Kunis, Emma Watson, and Alexis Bledel all said to be in the running.
Last month Mila Kunis entertained the idea of becoming the naive college student sexually dominated by the mysterious Christian Grey. With that she teased what we’re sure is 90 percent of an audience that hasn’t even picked up the erotica book by EL James. After Kunis sadly turned around and said it was highly unlikely she would participate in the film, which is owned by Universal.
According to an anonymous hacker in Germany via Twitter, it looks like Emma Watson may end up looking like end game in the casting triangle. The anonymous source claims they hacked into the German movie studio Constantin Film and discovered secret documents that reveals the preliminary plans for the soft core film. While not many details are known from the documents, it has been confirmed that Watson has been confirmed for Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. If this is true, Watson fans can expect to see her in an extremely different light.
This casting choice makes the most sense as Watson proves to be age appropriate. In addition, slowly but surely Watson has been finding her way into more risque roles that push the envelope of her Harry Potter image. Last year she starred in The Perks of Being A Wallflower in her edgiest role to date. Next up Watson will be in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which sees her robbing homes of famous celebrities. By the time Fifty Shades of Grey is released, it looks like Watson will have achieved her goal in pushing that envelope even further.
While it would have been interesting to see an unknown actress take on the role, it makes sense that the studio would want Watson to take it. Watson’s key demo fans from her Potter films are now old enough to view Fifty Shades of Grey, and if anything this will give the film the extra buzz it needs.