Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Casting Anastasia Steele


Not five minutes after posting the results of last week’s “Casting Christian Grey” poll, someone sent me a tweet suggesting I hold a similar vote for the role of Anastasia Steele. I did and as the votes rolled in, one fact became very clear: when it comes to the love interest of Christian Grey, most women would prefer to cast themselves!
While 7% of voters cast their twitter ballot solely in their own favor, dozens more listed themselves as a “back-up” to their official nominee, offering their services as an “understudy” or even a “body double”! All in all, 29 different actresses received votes although in one case they were votes against having the role. Despite the fact that “Fifty Shades of Grey” originated as “Twilight” fan fiction, 4% of voters tweeted a preference for “anyone but Kristen Stewart”.
“Honorable Mentions” are due the twenty-three young ladies who, while not rounding out the Top Five, still received votes for the coveted role. They are (in no particular order): Emma Stone, Ann Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Alexis Bledel, Anna Kendrick, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Nina Dobrev, Alexandra Daddario, Felicity Jones, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, Ksenia Solo, Bella Heathcote, Erica Dasher, Lucy Hale, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lindsey Fonseca, Leighten Meester, Shenae Grimes, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Lawrence, Indiana Evans and Shelley Henning.
The “Top Five” choices are as follows:
#5. Unknown – 7% of voters wanted someone who was “unknown” and “innocent”



#4. Emmy Rossum – 8%



#3. Emilia Clark – 9%


#2. Lily Collins – 15%




#1. Ashley Greene – 16%

With no overwhelming majority in sight, it’s clear everyone has their own distinct vision of Miss Anastasia Steele. Once again, I am left with the conclusion that Ms. E.L. James and Universal Pictures certainly have their work cut out for them.
Bonus:  A few eager voters were anxious to share their thoughts on the casting of Elena Lincoln as well. Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Bassinger, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie, Kim Cattrall and Gwyneth Paltrow were all suggested as the perfect choice to play the evil “Mrs. Robinson”.
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36 comments:

  1. I like them all, except Kristen Stewart, so glad someone said "anyone but Kristen Stewart" I agree, she needs to be innocent looking! Nicely done, AnnMarie! ♥

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    1. Lol Jules, I said that!

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    2. How green are we all gonna be of whoever gets the part! lucky lucky girl....

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    3. As long as it isn't Angelina Jolie! she is too old!!! not to mention she's not innocent either!! Mrs. Robinson maybe.

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  2. Awesome! Thanks for pulling this together! My Mom (who is 84 and very cool) just finished the trilogy and she and I have almost daily casting conversations! It takes a powerful love story to bridge generations that way!

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    1. Thanks, and keep those thinking caps on because next up...the rest of the cast!

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  3. Yay, I have been waiting for this all day (I need to stop being so obsessed and get a life!). Thanks for doing this casting poll too! And, for those considering who should play Mrs. Lincoln, we should keep in mind that in the book she is described as being older than Christian, but probably in her 30s/40s (which seems old to Ana!), but not in her 50s like some of the actresses being suggested. Great job Ann Marie!

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    1. But it does say that she was friends with his mother, Grace so that is why IMO she would definitely be older than 40.

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    2. That is true Chelsea - I guess I just sort of thought of them as being friends because they were neighbors (possibly?) because Christian did house/yard work for her. It was funny how she seemed to much "older" to Ana because Ana is SO young :)

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  4. I agree with the top 4. Personally I see either Ashley Greene or Lyndsy Fonseca. Did I see Jennifer Love Hewitt in the list of would be Ana? That must be a mistake. If she dyed her hair blonde, she could be Gia. Just saying..,

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  5. Great job, as always, Ann Marie! Ashley and Emmy got my votes!

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  6. Some interesting choices. Personally I would not want Ashley Green, simply because Mia is totally Alice in my head.
    Even though I knew that the characters in 'fifty' were based on Twilight characters when I started reading it, only Mia/Alice, Elliot/Emmett and Jose/Jacob were the actors we know and love. Everyone else became new people in my head.
    Can't wait to see the rest of the cast :)

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  7. Haven't seen the Christian Grey nominees, but I say Justin Hartley. Tall, sexy, brooding and mysterious with an agenda.

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    1. Totally agree... Justin Hartley is Just the perfect Christian Grey!!

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  8. I like Lily. Ana needs to have an innocence to her, (at first anyway.)Emmy and Emilia look like they'd be the ones taking the whip! :) That's my opinion. :)

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  9. Im liking lily for the role too.. Tho on the most important casting of christian.. may i suggest Colin Egglesfield?? Blimey hes gorgeous - just like christian!!!

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    1. I could not agree morE!

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  10. Keira Knightley -

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  11. I really think Anastasia should be played by Amanda Seyfried. She has those big blue eyes and looks grey as a brunette. Innocent and sweet looking yet she can let loose and totally be sexy. That's my vote!

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  12. I saw this actress with a small role in "This Means War" who would be perfect for the role. Her name is Leela Savasta. With blue contacts, she would make a beautiful Anastasia Steele

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  13. I swear if anyone from Twilight ends up in this movie I'll be soo disappointed. Seriously. None of them can act.

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  14. No one has considered Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Christian Grey. He played in August Rush (can sing pretty well too); and the series Tudors. He can definitely do the steamy sex scenes. He's absolutely gorgeous with his grey eyes.
    I think Bella Heathcote would be a good choice for Ana Steele.

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  15. No need to change anyones hair or eyes. Alexandra Daddario has all Anas features. The long brown hair,blue eyes to big for her face,the alabster skin & great lips for biting.at 26 she can look 22 & young & innocent yet when done up look sexy & mature enough for the explicit scenes. She is the perfect Ana.Henry Cavill is Christian Grey. Have you seen his Dunhill ads? It screams Fity!

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  16. I like Bella Heathcote, Felicity Jones and Lily Collins suggestions

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  17. Allison Williams, NBC anchor Brian Williams' daughter, could be Ana. http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/7/2011/03/106662870.jpg

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  18. Definitely Ashley Green as Anastasia. But I can see Emmy Rossum too. She seems more innocent! Ugh I can not wait for more #50Shades and #ChristianGrey

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  19. Alexis Bledel would be perfect for the role of Anastasia Steele. She has the innocent look an there's an edge to her. Perfect blue eyes too!

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  20. Http://www.imdb.me/bridgetmckevitt

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  21. I would love Alex pettyfer and Natalie portman to play the characters.

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  22. what about alexis bledel as ana??? she's innocent looking but can play sexy. let's be honest none of us want any1 t play ana except us personally. i defo wont my own personal christian grey thats for sure

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  23. ALEXIS BLEDEL is the perfect ANASTASIA STEELE!!! Check this out: 50Shades of Grey Trailer: http://youtu.be/C706KUh32D4

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  24. I think Christina Ricci will be perfect as Anastasia Steele.
    Pale, eyes too big for her face, slender, smart and also looks innocent.
    Most of her physical feature close to Anastasia Steele.
    Chris Pine will be perfectly match as Christian Grey for Christina.
    I just can't imagine Alexis for erotic scenes, weird for me...

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  25. I think Bella Heathcote would be a great Ana steele, not only does she have the looks but she is also a great artist. And as for Mr. Grey, in my opinion Henry Cavill is perfect for the role. As much as I try to see any other actor l simply can't.

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  26. Ashely rickards!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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