The casting of Rita Ora as Mia Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie was already a controversial move — Ora is a singer with little acting experience, and many fans of the book felt that Rita didn’t match the erotic novel’s description of Christian Grey’s adopted sister.
Fifty Shades of Grey fans were recently treated to a first look at Rita Ora as Mia Grey, and the photo did nothing to allay their fears about her casting as the character. However, the huge backlash isn’t completely her fault — a bad wig and a matronly dress do her no favors in the photo below.
According to SheKnows, the Fifty Shades of Grey official Facebook page released the picture in honor of Rita Ora’s 24th birthday. Unfortunately, fans weren’t in much of a celebratory mood after seeing the photo, and they definitely didn’t agree that Ora looks “lively and vivacious” as Mia Grey.
“Hating the movie already….that hair is soo cheap for a Grey!!!” one commenter wrote.
“Ewww, worst casting ever! She looks like Velma from Scooby Doo,” another complained.
One fan dubbed her Amelie-esque haircut the “wanna be girl version of a chili bowl,” and there were a few complaints that Rita looks “manly” with the short bob. A large number of fans also stated that Ora looks too old to play Mia Grey, and her “grandma” dress certainly doesn’t make her look any younger.
Some fans are already writing off Fifty Shades of Grey as a complete disaster.
“Nope. nope nope,” one commenter wrote. “I think this movie is going to be funny. Not in a humorous way, but in a oh my god I can’t believe it’s actually that bad way.”
A majority of the Facebook comments were negative, and Twitter users were just as nasty.
Rita Ora looks like a man in drag in the still from 50 shades of grey
— Holly Bembo (@hollie_bembo) November 28, 2014
Rita Ora in 50 Shades of Grey, bloody hell, now that is one scary sight. Looks peculiarly like a lad in drag. #scary
— العليا باريس (@BendellDNO) November 28, 2014
Reason #51 not to watch the new Fifty Shades of Grey film…Rita Ora. — CTS (@C_T_S) November 28, 2014
@RitaOra should not be portraying Mia Grey, my goodness, this is so disapproving — ashleigh (@1ashleighsmith) November 28, 2014
At least Rita Ora has Harvey Weinstein in her corner. Before Fifty Shades of Grey, her biggest role was a very small part in Fast & Furious 6. However, Weinstein seems to believe that the singer is destined to become a very accomplished actress, and the producer even hired her to star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in his upcoming movie Southpaw.
Weinstein told the Daily Mail that Rita Ora is his “biggest discovery” as an actress this year, and he couldn’t stop gushing about her talent in front of the camera.
“She is heart-breakingly real and wonderful and acting opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, who is riveting in this movie, she holds her own and then some. I will work with Rita again and again and again. Personally, I thinks she’s my biggest discovery as an actress this year.”
Weinstein might get his wish, because Ora recently admitted that she’s caught the acting bug. As the Inquisitr previously reported, she revealed that Fifty Shades of Grey has already helped her score a few mystery roles that she can’t announce yet.
“Everyone is going to have their own opinions. But for me this was such a great cameo to be involved in, and even though I’m only in it for a little bit, it’s opened the door to a lot of movie things that I haven’t actually announced yet.”
Playing Mia Grey was a good learning experience for Rita Ora because the role was a very challenging one. Ora told MTV News that she had to learn French and practice speaking with an American accent to prep for the part.
“I prepped for the role by learning some French first of all, by learning an American accent and by really just not being me. I had a brown wig on and I was being the smart girl that came from French school to see her family, so it was just a lot of dedication, it was like going back to school.”
So while Fifty Shades of Grey fans might not accept Rita Ora as Mia Grey, it looks like the part could lead to a long acting career for the British beauty. Do you think that she’ll overcome bad styling to prove that she was right for the role?
[Image via Rita Ora/Instagram]