The 50 Shades of Grey movie chatter has lately turned to which starlet could best embody Anastasia Steele, although it seems some of the hottest actresses have been none too willing to take on the role. Not so for their hunk-star counterparts the likes of Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Alexander Skarsgard and Henry Cavill who all seem ready and willing to embrace the challenge and channel all their provocative energy into the millionaire business tycoon character that is Christian Grey.
Emma Watson has skirted the Ana casting rumors; Selena Gomez has said no way no how; Elizabeth Olsen apparently has no desire to play the part; and Keira Knightley has lately declared absolutely not–with some choice language added for effect.
Talk about some serious Grey area when it comes to the girls!
But one surprising starlet has a bit more of an open mind when it comes to the film adaptation of E.L. James’s erotic best-selling book. She’s Lauren Watson. Lauren, who?! Yes, she’s a relative unknown, especially compared to the other bold names on the Hollywood scene who have been bandied about in the 50 Shades of Grey talk. But she has enthusiasm in spades.
“Yes, I have read the books! I got them and read them all within the week! I was hooked,” Watson admitted of her 50 Shades obsession, as Books & Review reports. “It is definitely a role I would consider,” she also gushed, when asked about having a Steele moment.
She even has her Grey co-star all picked out. “I’m a big fan of Chace Crawford. He could play anyone and it would work for me! I really like Matt Bomer’s look and Jessie Pavelka is another top candidate for me when I think of Christian’s physical image.” It’s hard to argue with her hot and handsome list of guys, but Crawford and Pavelka may both be long shots. Grey needs a bit of hard edge with his hotness, and like another fan fave–Ryan Reynolds–the Gossip Girl boy may not have enough of it. As for fitness buff Pavelka, he may not have enough acting experience and silver-screen time to make it past the casting couch.
As for Watson’s own prospects for this big screen endeavor that’s sure to be a blockbuster, they seem iffy at best. But it’s possible James and the filmmakers could be intrigued by a newbie. It would certainly prevent a comparison trap that could plague a more notable actress like, say, Kristen Stewart who is so well known for her Bella Swan character in The Twilight Saga. And, as Books & Review points out, Watson does have the Ana “look;” she has those big, striking blue eyes and brunette locks, similar to Alexis Bledel, another possible prospect for the role.