American Psycho and Less Than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis, for some reason I cannot fathom, really wants the job of adapting the erotic “literary” phenomenon that is 50 Shades of Grey into a film…and he’s already got some casting ideas, which include Ryan Gosling, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Stewart and Scarlett Johansson. Read a series of tweets that outline his plans for an adaptation:
Ellis tweeted “Okay. Today the team has been briefed and we will be approaching the studio this week about BEE adapting Fifty Shades of Grey into a film…”Thanks to everyone supporting BEE adapting Fifty Shades of Grey: the response has been huge and amazing. Hope E.L. James feels the same way.
“The casting of Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey wouldn’t be up to me but I have certain actors in mind. And a particular actress for Ana.” He continued: “I think David Cronenberg is a great idea for directing Fifty Shades of Grey and we worked together on American Psycho in its initial phase. “Cronenberg and Alexander Skarsgård is a no-brainer. I’ve seen Alexander naked so many times at the gym that we both attend: perfect casting.
“For Fifty Shades of Grey: David Cronenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Bret Easton Ellis and who as… Anastasia???
“I would love it if we lived in a world where Lena Dunham could be Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey but I don’t think we do. I think she’s hot.”
“Thinking more conventionally for Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey: Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart. Alex Pettyfer as Christian: too young? “Aaron Johnson as Christian Grey? In a perfect world it would be Ryan Gosling as Christian Grey…”David Cronenberg directing. Bret Easton Ellis writing. Ryan Gosling acting. Fifty Shades of Grey team… Shades of Grey.”
Interesting. I haven’t read any of the 50 Shades of Grey novels so I don’t know much about the characters Ellis is talking about casting (except that they are based off of twilight characters…yeah, 50 Shades started off as a Twilight fan fiction). I do kind of love that Ellis wishes he could cast Lena Dunham (Girls‘ creator/writer/star), and it’s sad that he acknowledges the depressing truth that we don’t “live in a world” where that could happen.
Do you think that Ryan Gosling would star in a 50 Shades of Grey film? If it was helmed by Ellis…maybe.