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The coveted lead roles in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film have been cast, but fans are far from happy. So just who should play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
LAST week, fans of the erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey had a meltdown when it was announced that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as the leads, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively, in the movie version.
Fans felt these two actors just do not embody the essence of the characters created by E.L. James. Of course, everyone who has read the books has his or her own opinion on who should play these characters. With that in mind, we asked four writers from The Star to tell us their dream cast.
“HOLY cow!” was my first response (and incidentally, an oft-used phrase by the book’s heroine) when I found out about the casting of the movie adaptation.
For the uninitiated, Charlie Hunnam is confirmed to play masochistic billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey, while Dakota Johnson will take on the role of naive literature student Anastasia Steele.
Last night, I reread some passages from the novel (which I got as a birthday gift from a good friend, and yes, I fast-forwarded to the naughty bits).
At their very first meeting, Anastasia described Christian as: “So young – and attractive, very attractive. He’s tall, dressed in a fine grey suit, white shirt and black tie with unruly dark copper-coloured hair and intense, bright grey eyes ...”
It’s no secret that author E. L. James based Christian on Twilight’s Edward Cullen (hence the “unruly hair” bit). I’m not familiar with Hunnam’s body (heh) of work – though I thought he did a passable job in Pacific Rim – but he does not exactly scream out “Robert Pattinson” in terms of physicality.
As Christian needs to be a seducer, the first actor I had in mind was Alexander Skarsgard; he certainly has the requisite height and dangerous criteria nailed down. (The 37-year-old star of True Blood was reportedly deemed too old – and perhaps too Nordic? – for the role.)
As for Anastasia (who is described as a “quiet beauty”), I envisioned Alexis Bledel (of Gilmore Girls fame) or Mila Kunis. After all, who better than these two to convey repressed sensuality and innocence with their big doe eyes?
But since James made the ultimate call in terms of her cast, who am I to say anything? Still, holy cow! – William K.C. Kee
CHRISTIAN Grey – a multibillionaire entrepreneur – is beautiful, brilliant and intimidating. Now who else can channel these qualities other than the swoon-worthy Michael Fassbender?
In fact, you’ve already seen him as the brooding Byronic hero obsessed with a young virginal girl in the form of the mysterious Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre, the 2011 British romantic drama directed by Cary Fukunaga.
Fast-forward Mr Rochester to 2013, suit him up in Tom Ford, seat him in his ultra-luxurious, 20-storey global enterprise and he’s your Mr Grey.
It’s easy to cast any of Hollywood’s six-pack-sporting dreamboats, but the vastly talented Fassbender – who has honed manly, menacing and mischievous to an art – will nail the erotic and tormented personality of Grey with his intensity, while looking insanely hot.
Alexis Bledel played goody-two-shoes teen Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, and in Mad Men she is depressed housewife Beth Dawes, who has an affair. At 32 Bledel – who has demonstrated her chops in playing chaste and complicated – looks a whole lot younger and can credibly slip into the role of the gorgeous Anastasia Steele or Ana – Christian Grey’s prime obsession.
In the book Ana is an innocent 21-year-old college student and described as “a pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face”. It’s like describing Bledel who seems drenched in sweetness.
With delicate features and wide-eyed innocence Bledel not only has a vulnerability that will leave Mr Grey craving to whip her into submission, her endearing presence will see her perfectly pull off the role of the shy female protagonist. – Sandra Low
WHEN I first heard that Charlie Hunnam had been cast as Christian Grey, my first reaction was “Thank goodness it’s not Ryan Gosling!”
Back when E! was showing (on repeat) their top picks for the role, I cringed each time his face popped onto the screen because he is so not even remotely close to being Christian Grey.
My personal pick would be the beautiful Josh Duhamel but unfortunately he was not even in the speculated list.
Duhamel has that clean-cut boyish look and I would love to see him in vulnerable mode when Mr Grey gets dumped. He looks good in a suit and I’m sure he wouldn’t look too bad without it either.
I half-expected Kristen Stewart to get the role of Anastasia Steele, but I guess the world has had enough of her after five instalments of Twilight and endless episodes with Robert Pattinson.
With her understated but alluring look, I have to say that I am actually looking forward to seeing Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele. – Tan Karr Wei
OKAY, first of all let me state that I have not (completely) read any books in the Fifty Shades trilogy, but nevertheless I’m totally invested in the selection of the male lead for its film adaptations. Why? Just because.
Anyway, I feel that Chris Pine would make the perfect Christian Grey because ... (I can’t even complete this sentence, I’m having heart palpitations just thinking about it).
Chris is so good-looking (just like how Christian is described in the books), and those piercing eyes ... don’t get me started on that. And the way he looks in a three-piece suit? Seriously. This man should come with a warning.
People are going to scoff at my choice but I think Kristen Stewart would make a good Anastasia Stele. Yeah, I know that Kristen can’t act, but who said anything about Fifty Shades being Oscar material?
I find Anastasia socially awkward and I can’t think of an actress who is more awkward than Kristen (there’s Jennifer Lawrence, but please, that girl is way out of this trilogy’s league).
Kristen could so totally pull off the moments when Anastasia is being weird and confused (like I said, I didn’t read the whole book but whatever chapter I flipped through, Anastasia was either weird or confused or both) around Christian. – Sharmila Nair
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