"Fifty Shades of Grey" fans, are you ready? Actors
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The two will play, respectively, billionaire Christian Grey and naive college student Anastasia Steele in an adaptation that's looking a little like Fifty Shades of Blond.
He tweeted that he talked to James over the summer -- "at Rob Pattinson's house" -- and the "Twilight" series star was her first choice for Grey. Then Ellis, who may have been joking, tweeted, "When E.L. James asked me who I thought should be Christian I said 'James Deen, of course' and then she shoved me. We were both very wasted."
James is a producer on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film, which is to be released by Focus Features in August 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson is to direct from a script by "Saving Mr. Banks" screenwriter Kelly Marcel.
The book and its sequels, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed," have sold 70 million copies.