The 50 Shades of Grey movie has yet two more favorites to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey – Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and The Dark Knight Rises actor Christian Bale.
The duo topped a YourTango poll of favorites for the roles, and it’s not hard to see why Leighton is a popular choice to play Ana – she’s the perfect blend of sexy and sweet, and there are probably a lot of Gossip Girl fans who are also into the 50 Shades novels. Unfortunately Leighton’s movies thus far haven’t been all that great — The Roommate was little more than a Single White Female ripoff, and That’s My Boy was another of Adam Sandler’s recent atrocities.
She also starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong and played Selena Gomez’ pal in Monte Carlo. Neither role was very raunchy, so Leighton Meester might not be the kind of gal that would be up for the amount of steamy sex scenes that the 50 Shades of Grey movie would require. She does share a lesbian kiss with Danneel Harris in The Roommate, however, and the 50 Shades film might be just what she needs to help her movie career really take off.
Old pro Christian Bale would surely have no problem playing Christian Grey, but he’s probably a little too gray for the role – he’s 38 while Fifty is just 28. Perhaps women are choosing him because he already played a billionaire that the ladies lust after in the Batman movies, or maybe they’re even remembering his rich, slick character from American Psycho (and you thought Fifty was dark). Whatever the case may be, Leighton has a better shot at getting cast than he does.
The second actor on the YourTango list was Matt Bomer, who could also be too old for the role at age 34. However, he does have a fiercely loyal group of fans campaigning for him to get the part. The third choice was Robert Pattinson, whose cheating girlfriend Kristen Stewart finished second on the list of actresses. Luckily E.L. James has already said that she doesn’t want Kristen and Rob in the movie.
Elizabeth Olsen finished third behind Kristen, but she recently stated that she doesn’t want to play Anastasia Steele. Surprisingly, favorites Alexis Bledel and Ian Somerhalder didn’t appear on the list.
So do you think that Leighton is the perfect Ana, and would you be okay with someone older like Christian Bale playing Christian Grey?
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