British director of Atonement reported to be in the front-running to direct highly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film
Joe Wright, the British director of Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina is reportedly in the front running to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade bible says Wright is top of Universal’s list to direct the film version of EL James’s raunchy book, which became the bestselling UK book of all time. Another Brit, TV screenwriter Kelly Marcel is also in charge of the script.
The studio announced the production of a film adaptation in July 2012, bringing much speculation about who would direct the film and play the lead roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
Coming as it does from a reliable Hollywood source Wright being whipped into the director’s chair looks pretty solid but if the British film-maker has landed the job the Hollywood Reporter says it is not yet a done deal.
James Deen and Ryan Gosling are tipped to star as the kinky businessman Christian Grey and Emma Watson and Mila Kunis have been rumoured to play his innocent turned sex slave Anastasia Steele. Whispers of hot names have come from casting couch obsessives, opportunistic bookmakers and the biased novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis.
However, Emma Watson took to twitter to set things straight back in March after fans made assumptions that she would step into Anastasia’s heels and take a lead role.
The former Harry Potter star posted: ‘Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In Real life’.
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