'Fifty Shades of Grey' Finally Nabs a Female Director; Felicity Jones Rumored for the Lead Role

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Finally Nabs a Female Director; Felicity Jones Rumored for the Lead Role

Jun 19, 2013

It's taken a while to get there, but the sexually charged novel that took the world (and many suburban housewives) by storm is finally heading to the big screen... and it's bringing along a female director. Deadline broke the news that Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) has won the coveted role of director on the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, though The Wrap further reports that Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) may be circling the lead role of Anastasia Steele. This all comes after Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) turned down the directing gig to finish his biblical epic Noah, and Gus Van Sant failed to convince the powers that be to hire him instead. 

Taylor-Johnson is married to Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson, who's actually much younger than her. While sources claim he's not pursuing the lead male role of Christian Grey, their story does sort of give Taylor-Johnson a bit more -- is experience the right word? -- when it comes to telling this kind of story, which follows the trials and tribulations of a romance between a young naive college grad and a slick, older, controlling businessman. 

Now that there's a director attached, expect the rest of the casting to come at us rather quickly. "I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen,” said Taylor-Johnson. “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.”

Fifty Shades of Grey currently has no release date. What do you think about the choice for director?

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