‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Experts Cast Anastasia Steele

Kristen Stewart, Lily Collins and Alexis Bledel are fan favorites to play the lead in the big-screen adaptation of E L James’ novel.
By Christina Garibaldi
“Fifty Shades of Grey” book cover
Photo: The Writer’s Coffee Shop As the debate rages on between fans over who will play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaption of E L James’ best-selling erotic novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” many are also contemplating who should take on the role of the female lead, Anastasia Steele. The book, which began as “Twilight” fan fiction, describes Ana as “a pale, brown haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face.” Fans are looking for someone that not only represents her physically, but can also balance her purity with her newfound sensual side. “The trickiest part of all may be staying true to the book and finding an actress who can convey youth and innocence, as well as the depth of experience necessary to grow with the character,” Lisa Parker from told MTV News. “We’re looking forward to someone submitting (pun intended) their name for consideration of the pivotal role of Ana. Maybe an ‘it’ girl like Jennifer Lawrence; a probable next ‘it’ girl like Allison Williams; or someone wanting to take a career leap like Felicity Jones, Emilia Clarke or Katie Cassidy.” Another fan favorite seems to be “Mirror Mirror” star Lily Collins who, at 23, would be the right age to play the part. “Lily Collins is one who I don’t think has been mentioned too much” Mags Vazquez from said. “I look at the innocent part, she can probably pull that off really well, and she has the features that would go well.” With the novel’s connection to the “Twilight” trilogy and with Robert Pattinson being rumored for the role as Christian, it is only natural that Kristen Stewart’s name comes to mind. “Kristen would be great,” Alison Genet of said. “After all, it was written with her in mind. Isn’t the author always right? I think it’s also time for her to another edgy flick.” Yet, others feel until the role of Christian is filled, it may be hard to picture who would be able to take on Anastasia. “The debate over who will play Christian is definitely a heated one,” Parker said. “It just may be that it’s too hard to think about casting Ana until she has her Fifty. We conducted a quick Twitter poll for this article, and their top three choices were Emmy Rossum, Alexis Bledel and going with an unknown.” But in the end, it will have to be up to the studio and James to cast the role of Anastasia, but according to fans, they trust that they will ultimately make the right decision. “Author E L James gave Ana her voice in the trilogy,” Parker said. “No one understands her better than she does, which is why we know she will make sure an actress with the right combination of ‘inner goddess’ and ‘subconscious’ is cast.” Who do you think should play Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades of Grey”? Cast your vote in the comments!

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