’50 Shades of Grey’ Movie: Shailene Woodley Is E.L. James’ Anastasia Steele?

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Has the 50 Shades of Grey movie finally found its perfect Anastasia Steele in actress Shailene Woodley?

The young star certainly seems like a solid choice since she caught the eye of critics by working with George Clooney and Alexander Payne in the Oscar-nominated movie The Descendants (she played the daughter of Clooney’s character). The 20-year-old’s other claim to fame is starring on the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which does feature a lot of plots involving sex (but no hardcore BDSM, of course).

In her upcoming movie The Spectacular Now, she’ll also be playing a teen. So is she ready to grow up by playing a college student who catches the eye of a billionaire businessman that wants to make her his sex slave? Perhaps not, but she could have a big edge over the other actresses dreaming of winning the part in the 50 Shades of Grey movie—she’s reportedly one of E.L. James’ choices.

The Hollywood Reporter recently did a list of actors and actresses on the cusp of stardom, and at the very bottom of the article, there was this little blurb:

“Shailene Woodley demonstrated her acting chops in the Oscar-nominated The Descendants and is said to have caught the eye of Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James.”

Of course this doesn’t mean that she’s a shoo-in for the role. She might decide that it’s way too racy, and authors don’t always get their picks for movies—Stephenie Meyer’s top choice for Twilight was Emily Browning (after what Kristen Stewart pulled, now Twilight fans probably wish that Emily ended up being Bella). Speaking of K-Stew, perhaps Anastasia Steele will be another young actress mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter article—Lily Collins (a.k.a. “The Other Snow White”).

So do you think that Shailene is a good choice, or are you surprised that she’s one of James’ favorites for the part?

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