Emma Watson to Star on “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

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Emma Watson to Star in “Fifty Shades of Grey”?  No Way!

It’s no surprise that the bestselling novel by British author E.L. James titled “Fifty Shades of Grey” is being made into a feature film.  It won’t have Emma Watson starring as “Anastasia Steele”.

There are rumors that the 22 year old Watson was asked to accept the starring role.  Her response was: “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life,” Watson tweeted. “Good. Well that’s sorted then.”  E! News is reporting that casting for the film has not begun.

It would be quite a leap from co-starring in the Harry Potter saga to portraying a young woman with an insatiable appetite for sex.

Rumors about Ms. Watson may have come from the hacker-activist group “Anonymous”.  Sources within the production company said that at this time Watson is only on their “wish list”.

The film version of the first book in the trilogy is being anxiously awaited by fans all over the world.  It promises to surpass the sensuality and sexuality of the film “9 ½ Weeks”.

Where “9 ½ Weeks”, released in 1986, was an erotic movie, that produced kinky sexual activity increasing in intensity as the film progressed, it did not extend its sexual content to the level of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.  It was based on the Memoir of Elizabeth McNeill, and starred Mickey Rourke, and Kim Basinger.  The title was emblematic of the length of the relationship.

How the world has changed.  In 1986 “9 ½ Weeks” did poorly in the United States, but was a huge success in Europe.  Puritanical American audiences were not ready to see sexuality taken to the extreme on the big screen.

“Fifty Shades of Grey”, which describes a college graduate sharing a relationship with a business magnate and involves increasingly erotic sexual encounters including BDSM.

First published in 2011, the novel was an instant success worldwide.  It literally flew off the shelves.

The second and third volumes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were published in 2012. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, including the United Kingdom and the United States. The series has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series.  Critical reception of the novel has been mixed.

I think America might be ready for a movie, that, if closely follows the book, will be considered “soft porn”.  Undoubtedly ticket sales at the box office will set a record as did the book.

Everyone who has watched Emma Watson grow up as she co-starred in Harry Potter, would probably love to see her in the role of “Ana” on the big screen.  She would undoubtedly create her own share of fantasies.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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