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Emma Watson named Fifty Shades of Grey lead in “hacked” documents… Universal denies it.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Focus Features and Universal hasn’t done much since acquiring the film rights to E.L. James’ best seller Fifty Shades of Grey. The big-screen adaptation was announced at the height of its popularity last spring, but aside from hiring a screenwriter in October, the studio hasn’t made much progress toward making an actual film. No director, no cast, only promises that they will make a film.

A few weeks ago a hacker attack on the Germany studio Constantin FIlm circulated a rumor that Emma Watson was listed on internal documents as the star of Fifty Shades, playing the naive and eventually sexually adventurous heroine Anastasia. It seemed to confirm a long-standing rumor that Watson would take the role, but now Universal Pictures have stepped in the set the record straight– sort of. Talking to USA Today the studio said “no one has been cast yet,” leaving it at that.

Of course, “no one has been cast yet” has often meant, negotiations aren’t complete or we’re waiting to make our own official announcement. Now that the Twilight movies are done, until the inevitable remake, audiences are clamoring for the next best seller adaptation. But can Fifty Shades maintain that kind of interest even with the original trilogy long since published?

What do you think?


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