’50 Shades of Grey’ Casting: Rihanna or Another Black Actress as Anastasia Steele?

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Casting for 50 Shades of Grey is a hot topic on the internet these days, but most wish lists include a lot of the same actors and actresses.

When it comes to casting Christian Grey, some favorites for the part are Ian Somerhalder, Alexander Skarsgard, Jessie Pavelka, Henry Cavill, and Matt Bomer. As far as the role of Anastasia Steele goes, Pretty Little Liars stars Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson have already said that they’re interested in the part, and so is Emma Roberts. Alexis Bledel, Elizabeth Olsen, and Mila Kunis are also favorites.

However, the website Tale Tela doesn’t see any reason why Anastasia Steele has to be white and has created a list of black women that would make the perfect Ana.

The list includes beauties like Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, and Sanaa Lathan. These actresses are all incredibly gorgeous, but unfortunately they’re also all too old to play a 21-year-old college student. Avatar star Zoe Saldana and singer Kelly Rowland are a bit younger, but Lauren London is the actress on the list who is closest to being the right age.

Some of Tale Tela’s more surprising picks include Nicki Minaj, namely because it’s hard to imagine her toning down her look for the role, and Halle Berry, who is much too old to play Anastasia Steele. However, she might make a great Mrs. Robinson – she definitely has the right personality to play a dominant.

Rihanna is one of the actresses on the list who makes the most sense – after all, she has no problem stripping down and has even glorified the whips-and-chains lifestyle in her song “S&M.” Plus playing Ana might erase the atrocity that was Battleship from everyone’s minds.

Kim Kardashian also managed to sneak on the list even though she’s not a black woman. She’s definitely a laughable choice, but she does have that whole sex tape thing going for her.

One better option missing from the list is Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoe Kravitz, who starred in the raunchy Showtime series Californication. Perhaps she and her ex-boyfriend/X-Men: First Class costar Michael Fassbender could team up again to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

True Jackson star Keke Palmer recently admitted to reading 50 Shades of Grey, but the 18-year-old is too young for the role.

Of course making Anastasia Steele black would call for some big changes to be made to the plot of 50 Shades, and plenty of people probably would not like the idea of a white man tying up a black girl and whipping her. Christian Grey also feels the need to own and control his submissives, so he’d come off as an even bigger creep – it would seem like he’s trying to live some sick slave master fantasy.

So what do you think – would making Ana black make the 50 Shades movie even more controversial?

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