Deadline Reports and E L James and the Fifty Shades Twitter accounts have confirmed that Bella Heathcote will play the role of Leila Williams. I admit my first thought when I saw a picture of her is that she’s adorable, I hate to have to hate her.
Bella is an Australian and will be turning 29 this spring, so the perfect age for Leila who I always assumed was in her late 20s.
Bella is a relatively unknown, not a surprise given the casting they have done for this franchise. Her first role was in the Australian Soap Neighbors back in 2009. She also played Victoria Winters in the Tim Burton Film Dark Shadows. But Bella has been busy in between. You can find her in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as Jane Bennet opening today in the US and The Neon Demon’s later this year, it’s a thriller…
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