Pardon me while I think out loud and in writing…
So, it seems Variety has some inside info. I’m usually pretty skeptical of the unconfirmed news about Fifty Shades of Grey, but Variety is generally a little better tied in with the industry. And this news is interesting and worth discussing, not matter how true it is. UPDATE – Dana Brunetti has confirmed the release date is still August 1.
First, apparently the movie release date is being moved to August 24, 2014. This is an odd date, it’s a Sunday in the summer. I get the Tuesday releases, and the holiday releases, but when was the last time there was a random Sunday release? No idea, didn’t even look. It doesn’t make sense, at least not to me.
Next they say production will start in late October, that makes sense, with a summer release filming needs to start soonish.
The actresses mentioned are also interesting.
Shailene Woodly’s name has come up since last summer. But, she’s signed up with the Divergent series, which is another trilogy. Not impossible, but scheduling both will be tough for her and the studios, particularly with leading roles in both.
Dakota Johnson’s name has been discussed for the past week and she seems like a legit option for the film.
Alicia Vikander was in Anna Karenina (another Focus Features movie), and The Royal Affair, she apparently has been busy in the past few months with a lot of films coming out that she was in. She’s up and coming.
Imogen Poots has been around for a few years with no break through part. But she’s got family in the industry and has a long resume. And like Alicia, has a lot of films in pre, post, and active production, also up and coming.
For Christian they’re saying:
Charlie Hunnam apparently original declined, but is reconsidering. He’s getting very mixed reactions from fans.
Christian Cooke has mostly done TV, but seems to be moving into movies now.
Theo James probably has the shortest resume of the men. But no one from Team50 seems to look at length of resume.
All interesting information in this article, but none of it is confirmed. Not sure what to do about the release date, except not buy movie tickets yet. I’ll wait and see on that one. Hopefully E L James will confirm or deny that one soon. I did check official sources and they are all still saying August 1, 2014.
As for the actors? They all seem like legit options for auditions. I do have faith in Team50 to make the right choice. When will we hear? I’ll agree with Variety that we probably wont hear until September. But stranger things have happened. I’m more curious if they’ll wait to announce both Christian and Ana before releasing names. Ok, fine, I want to know who, but I’m curious what strategy they will use.