The 50 Shades of Grey movie casting chaos continues! Every day it seems like a different actress does something to prove that she’d make the perfect Anastasia Steele, whether it’s starring in a sexy movie trailer or talking about her love of 50 Shades. Ashley Benson is one of the many young starlets that have expressed an interest in playing Ana, but now she’s taken a crucial step towards becoming the lucky gal who gets bound and belted by billionaire Christian Grey.
According to the IB Times, the blue-eyed beauty recently dyed her blonde hair darker, debuting her new look at the SXSW festival. Now that Ashley is a brunette just like Ana, fans and the 50 Shades filmmakers might have an easier time imagining her as the dark-haired student who gets seduced by Christian Grey. It also helps that Ashley Benson’s raunchy role in Spring Breakers called for her to shoot a steamy threesome sex scene with James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens, and she even flashes a little flesh in the film.
Ashley’s show Pretty Little Liars is aimed at a teen crowd, so perhaps her racy role in Spring Breakers is an indication that she wants to slowly step away from the restrictive world of ABC Family to do more rated R moviesÂ—Ashley might be the type of actress who enjoys edgy roles that require her to do things that not all actresses will do. Obviously, the 50 Shades of Grey movie needs a star that isn’t afraid of awkward sex scenes and controversial themes.
However, Ashley has a lot of competitionÂ—she’s not the only brunette actress who recently showed off her daring side in a movie trailer. Emma Watson also becomes a bad girl who turns to crime in The Bling Ring, and Lily Collins plays a promiscuous teen who strips down to her bra in Stuck in Love. Ashley also could end up competing with her Pretty Little Liars costars Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario for the role of AnaÂ—they’ve also said that they’d love to play Christian Grey’s paddled princess.
But now that Ashley’s gone dark, do you think that she has a better chance at scoring the part?
You can check out Ashley’s new brunette hair in the video below. It shows Ash, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine, and Harmony Korine singing a little Britney Spears at SXSW.
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