The 50 Shades of Grey movie buzz is getting stranger than fiction in some cases, with unofficial trailers circulating the gossip sites and constant casting rumors that have included some pretty offbeat names (Justin Bieber for Christian Grey, anyone?!). One of the latest developments suggests an unusual actor and actress match to take on the characters of Grey and Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of E.L. James erotic novel. But are these stars really the perfect pair?
New Girl‘s Max Greenfield and former Harry Potter cutie-turned-sultry starlet Emma Watson have both been upfront about their willingness to go full frontal for Grey, as Books & Review reminds. It’s precisely this wildly uninhibited nature and their shared embrace of nudityÂ—for the right movie, of courseÂ—that make Greenfield and Watson an interesting, albeit unexpected and perhaps not yet considered, duo for the roles of Grey and Steele.
Greenfield would bring to the part a geek-chic, comedic edge that may not be desirable to James (or fans!); he’s not the cookie-cutter model for the rich business tycoon with the raunchy after-hours endeavors. It’s far easier to see a chiseled, brooding actor like Alexander Skarsgard, or a handsome, look-at-him hunk like Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer, or still a “Superman” stud such as Henry Cavill as possessing the physical and emotional power to embody the strong character.
To consider Greenfield as Grey, one might also need to throw another odd match in the mix for Emma Watson’s Ana: her Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe who also has no problem stripping down and taking it all off, as he did so for Equus.
Radcliffe aside, Greenfield may have even more forces working against him, as he’s certainly not Watson’s first choice for Grey, should she be cast as Steele. According to a little blip from Ryan Seacrest, the Perks of Being a Wallflower actress would fancy heart-throb Ryan Gosling as her leading man. But Gosling seems a long shot at this point, especially since he’ll soon be wearing a director’s hat and calling the shots on his own debut movie, How To Catch a Monster.
Of course, all the chatter surrounding 50 Shades of Grey is hypothetical conjecture at this pointÂ—call it the ultimate “Grey” area. As James has time and again assured: No movie casting has occurred.
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