With the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie casting among fans running hot and heated as ever, BBC News reports this Wednesday, Nov. 14, that the original “50 Shades of Grey” novel by EL James is still proving its incredible bestselling success, having been named a top contender for the National Book of the Year Award this week.
Since the erotic romance novel featuring the illustrious Christian Grey and submissive Anastasia Steele struck shelves, EL James’ “50 Shades of Grey” has become a worldwide reading phenomenon that has broken sales readers and excited thousands of fans across the world with casting prospects for the confirmed “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie.
Although it has been given the name “mommy porn” from the social media press — the inner goddess author, however, does not particularly like that affectionate term — “50 Shades” stands as the first novel in James’ popular trilogy, having sold over 5 million copies and becoming the bestselling British book of all time, topping even the excellent “Harry Potter” series by JK Rowling in terms of fastest-selling work.
Now, according to BBC News this Wednesday morning, EL James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has a new title to possibly claim: it is one of the several novels that has been nominated in the renowned National Book of the Year Award in the category of popular fiction, on the same competitive level as “Citadel” by Kate Mosse and “1356” by Bernard Cornwell.
The Awards’ winner will be announced on December 4, 2012, so fans of “50 Shades” and all books alike should certainly keep their eyes open for this steamy novel’s potential success between the sheets and on stage next month. It has some great competition this year.
In regards to the “Fifty Shades of Grey’ film, EL James’ inner goddess has been careful not to let slip any casting news on who may play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film (expected to premiere sometime in 2014). Movie producers have found Kelly Marcel to be the adaptation’s screenwriter, with the search for a director currently on the line. (Rumors have said that Angelina Jolie once expressed interest, but no news has been confirmed as of yet on any director for the film).
Casting Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will certainly be one of the most (if not the most) important aspects to the film, though the supporting cast — including Kate Kavanagh and Elliot Grey — will be key contenders to keep an eye on as well.
Shown above in the slideshow are actors who have been considered for the casting role of Christian Grey by many fans. Handsome and talented actors Matt Bomer of “White Collar” and Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries” often lead in the popularity polls, though other honorable mentions include stars from Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural” to Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood,” Alex Pettyfer, Ryan Gosling, and Scott Elrod.
Anastasia Steele is a similarly challenging pick for many talented femme fatales. Alexis Bledel often reigns as the leading choice for the blue-eyed beauty, but Ashley Greene of “Twilight” and Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones” also appear to be key choices in the polls. Kristen Stewart is not a likely candidate for the role (EL James herself has said that the Bella Cullen actress wouldn’t be a good fit simply due to her past connection with “Twilight,” the original impetus for “50 Shades of Grey”), but Alexandra Daddario, Lucy Hale, Emma Watson of “Harry Potter,” Amanda Seyfried, and Felicity Jones are all also potential favorites.
EL James has promised fans from one of her many interviews over the summer that she will certainly keep fan considerations for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie leads in mind, so making fans’ voices count on casting polls and via her Twitter page do seem to make a notable difference. The gifted erotic author also talked her casting and rating demands during a similar interview on what she hoped for in her movie, as she plans on having a cameo role as well as many rights as co-producer.
A director for the “50 Shades” film is again expected to be found next on EL James’ and producers’ Brunetti and De Luca’s casting list, and with that eventual director at the helm, the real film showdown and updated movie news will hopefully begin before too long next year.
The only hard part now is the wait. The Seattle skyline and the Red Room of Pain with an expectant Christian Grey no doubt has many fellow fans, however, ready and willing.
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