Looks like the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise is about to get even hotter. The Daily Star reports that Cara Delevingne, the 22-year-old supermodel, has been shortlisted to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the next installment in the film series.
“E.L James loves the idea of her as a name being in the next movie,” an insider source told The Daily Star.
If the runway stunner is cast in the movie, it won’t be her first role in a motion picture. In 2014, Delevingne starred in Michael Winterbottom’s film, The Face of an Angel, based on the true-story of Amanda Knox.
According to The Daily Mail, Winterbottom didn’t even know who Delevingne was before he cast her in the film.
“I wanted someone who had that kind of energy and optimism, the sense of someone who wants to live life. People either have that quality or they don’t. But you can also have that spontaneity in real life and then not be able to portray it on screen. Cara was able to do that.”
Only time will tell whether Delevingne will be able to bring that energy to the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.
Fifty Shades of Grey thrilled fans when it was released on Valentine’s Day. Made on a relatively modest $40 million budget, the film earned over $500 million at the box office. Since then eager Fifty Shades fanatics have had one question on their lips: when are we going to see the sequel?
Production on Fifty Shades Darker hit its first speed bump when the director of the first film, Sam Taylor-Johnson, bowed out of directing the sequel.
In an official statement, Taylor-Johnson said that she was “hugely grateful” for the opportunity to direct Fifty Shades of Grey. However, insider sources say that she and the writer of the source material, E.L James, constantly clashed over the creative direction of the film.
Variety reports that the director and author butted heads in the Fifty Shades editing room where E.L James insisted on making changes that Taylor-Johnson did not agree with.
“We disagreed a lot,” Taylor-Johnson said to Variety. “She created these characters and the story. I was trying to create a film experience that would honor the book but at the same time give us a fresh perspective. That was difficult for her. We’d battle things out. I think you could say we crossed every scenario through our battles.”
If the rumors are true, the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel will be on the big screen in 2016. But there has been no official announcement of the name of its new director just yet.
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