Jennifer Ehle Confirms Fifty Shades of Grey Casting

E!‘s Marc Malkin caught up with the Zero Dark Thirty actress on the BAFTA red carpet.

Photo: WENN

She admitted that she hadn’t read the books until after being cast as Anastasia’s mother, Carla, in Fifty Shades of Grey.

When asked what she thought about the casting of Jamie Dornan after Charlie Hunnam stepped down, she said she had avoided the drama, adding that she felt Jamie would be amazing in the role.

The best part of the interview, however, is hearing her confirm that she has signed on for all three movies. While we have no doubt that Fifty Shades of Grey will be successful enough to green light the next two movies, it’s always nice to hear that the studio and Team Fifty are gearing up for all three movies.

Watch the exclusive video interview here.

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Still On Track

Obviously, the recasting of Christian caused a blip (pun intended) on our radar screen. In an exclusive interview with E!, Fifty Shades of Grey co-producer Michael DeLuca had some very calming/positive words for FSoG fans about the movie’s status.

About Dakota Johnson…

“She’s just so Anastasia Steele. She’s the best partner a producer could have.”

“She’s helping us look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of captures our attention.”

About Christian Grey casting…

“We’re looking on your website, we’re looking under rocks in Zimbabwe, in space, on the moon. We’re looking everywhere, but I think in a couple weeks it will be announced and everything will be cool.”

About the U.S. release date…

“We’re on track. The release date [Aug. 1, 2014] is preserved and we’re gonna kind of keep going.”

About the fans…

Q: Were you shocked that everybody had such an outcry, that it got so much attention, and how close are you to recasting?

“You know, I’m not shocked because I’m part of fandom too. Like, I love my Iron Man and my Marvel comics and I’m a geek comic book collector, so I get rabid fans. And I love the books and I respect the fans. I knew there was going to be tons of attention, and there still is, on everything we do. But we’re just kind of moving on. I think there’ll be an announcement in the next few weeks. I’m excited to unleash a new Christian Grey on the world.”

E! caught up with DeLuca at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards, where he was being honored with the Hollywood Producer Award. Congratulations, Mr. DeLuca!

  • Captain Phillips supporting actor Oscar hopeful Barkhad Abdi presented the Hollywood Producer Award to Michael De Luca, who co-produced that film and many others including The Social Network and Moneyball. The Somali-born actor, who was a complete unknown prior to the release of the hit film, called De Luca, “Someone who truly helped change my life.” De Luca, in turn, acknowledged his producing partners Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti and heaped praise on the film’s director, Paul Greengrass: “I am standing here because of all the work he did.” Source: THR

Having recently seen Captain Phillips, it will be a shock if Barkhad Abdi doesn’t get an Oscar nod for his role in the movie. The same goes for Tom Hanks in the title role. The movie is fantastic and a must see. Learn more about this movie based on heroic true events here.

Just one more reason to continue being proud to have DeLuca and Brunetti on Team Fifty… They know how to make a good movie.

You can read E!’s complete interview and watch a video clip here.

E L James Launches Fifty Shades Wine

How gorgeous is this?!

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Message from E L James…

“Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, adding to the sensuality that pervades a number of scenes. I’ve always had a penchant for good wine, so combining two of my passions to blend Red Satin and White Silk was a natural extension of the series. I hope my readers curl up with a glass as they enjoy the romance between Anastasia and Christian.”

About Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

Red Satin is a decadent red blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah with flavors of black cherry, cocoa powder, creamy caramel and vanilla, leather and clove spice. Aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels, this red blend is the perfect indulgence.

White Silk, is a delicate yet rich white blend of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. White Silk’s flavors include floral aromatics of lychee and honey, tempered by flavors of crisp grapefruit, mineral and lush pear with a faint hint of butterscotch. Fermented cool and aged in stainless steel tanks, this white blend offers a delicately playful experience.

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We’re excited about the newest addition to the official Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise line! For complete details, please visit fiftyshadeswine.com.

Source: Fifty Shades of Grey Press Pack

Interested In Roles, But Have They Read The Books?

A movie deal made literally on the heels of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series being published has generated a lot of buzz but has barely given already-busy actors/actresses a chance to keep up and read the story that will be coming to the big screen.

We’ve already talked about the first few actors (Ian Somerhalder, Chris Pine, William Levy) who openly spoke about it here. As we said previously, that was just the beginning. Since then, more actors/actresses haven’t been shy about tossing their grey ties and handcuffs into the ring when asked if they are interested in playing the characters of Christian and Ana.

Admittedly, he hasn’t read the books, but when Access Hollywood described the story and character of Christian Grey to Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) in an interview, he replied, “I was born to play that part.” (Source)

His costar in the upcoming movie Battleship, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), was also asked about playing the role by Access Hollywood. He also admitted he has not read the books. However, it seems Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely on his radar because he stated he is asked about the books “almost daily.” (Source)

When Celebuzz asked Chris Hemsworth (Thor, SWATH, The Avengers) about the role of Christian, he announced, “I’m not going to say anything. I haven’t read the book!” He did say he had previously heard about the books, as he was present when his Avengers’ co-star Chris Evans (Captain America) was asked if he would like to play the role. (Source)

A fan asked Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga) via twitter if he was up for the role. He responded:

@carol_leomil: @MichaelWelchAct Do you would like to play Christian Grey in the movie? =)” Sure, it’s gonna be gosling though.

(Note: If we were E L James, we would take the opportunity to audition ALL of the actors interested in playing Christian because what a glorious and surreal opportunity it would be to hear several different smexy actors saying the words you wrote!!!)

Potential Ana actresses are speaking out too!

Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) was asked about the movie by @mtvnews, and she stated, “I haven’t read it.” She went on to say that she didn’t think she should star in it alongside her Vampire Diaries’ costar (and boyfriend) Ian Somerhalder concluding, “Either he should get it, or I should get it.” (Source) Sounds like she would be interested in playing Ana under the right circumstances though.

In an interview with Kristen Stewart (The RunawaysThe Twilight Saga, SWATH), Celebuzz’s Taryn Ryder asked about the FSoG movie roles going to Kristen and her Twilight Saga co-star (and rumored boyfriend) Robert Pattinson because of the story’s basis in Twilight fanfiction, only to be answered with “I haven’t read the book yet.” She goes on to say she wants to work with Rob again but it would need to be something ‘ridiculously ambitious’.” (Source)

And finally, Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Client List) has only just begun reading the books but declared to Access Hollywood, “I wanna be Anastasia so badly.” (Source)

So exactly who in Hollywood IS reading the books?

Eva Longoria tweeted after she met E L James backstage at The View. Hopefully this means that if she didn’t have the books already, Eva left that day with three new signed books in hand to read! Could they have discussed a part for her?

Eva Longoria: Look who I met in the green room of the View! E.L. James author of Shades of Grey! Who is reading this? Or read it? http://say.ly/Esb3gUF

Allison Williams (Girls) told Access Hollywood that she is reading the books. When asked if she would be up for playing the part of Anastasia Steele with all that it entailed, she waivered but didn’t seem to completely rule it out. (Source)

Wendy Williams, Ryan Seacrest, and Julianne Hough have also publically said they are reading the books. Jennifer Grey tweeted a few references specific to the books. Others are poised to read the books, including Fran Drescher, who has the books on her Kindle, and MTV’s Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz), who tweeted he is in possession of the books for research purposes. You can read the complete article where he mentions FSoG here.

Have we heard from your favorite(s) yet? If not, let’s hope they have upcoming interviews with @AccessHollywood, @mtvnews, @ChristinaMTV and/or @Taryder with @CELEBUZZ because they are not shy about bringing up the topic!!! Thankfully!