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New "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie cast rumors

A director and release date heighten cast speculations

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie cast rumors are picking up speed now that the director has been announced along with a release date. Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”) holds the directing reins and is looking at an Aug. 1, 2014 release.

That is pretty much the end of the absolutely, one-hundred percent true facts. Now for the rumors.

Everyone from Robert Pattinson to Henry Cavill to Matthew Bomer to Taylor-Johnson’s husband, Aaron has been rumored to be on the short list to play Christian Grey. The rumors are just as rampant on the Anastasia Steele-side with actresses like Felicity Jones, Alicia Vikander and Emma Watson being put forth. (Emma Watson has stated that she will never star in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Too bad.)

But the book’s author, E.L. James, isn’t giving any hints of what might be coming.

“We are still a long way away from casting. I have some ideas … but it may not be who people expect,” James said.

Like with any book-to-movie adaptation, casting is key to the film’s success. Where original screenplays can get away with making the characters look however they want, adaptations have to fit what fans are expecting to see. Taylor-Johnson understands this responsibility.

“I’m so excited to be charged with the evolution of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ from page to screen,” she said. “For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin, too.”

Keep checking back for more info on the “Fifty Shades” movie cast rumors. It’ll be awhile till we know anything for sure, but until then, why don’t you tell us who you’d like to see in the movie?

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