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Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie!

Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie!

Sam Taylor-Johnson has landed the coveted position as the director of the highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the bestselling book by EL James, according to Deadline.

The 46-year-old director, whose only feature length credit is the 2009 film Nowhere Boy starring her 23-year-old husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will direct with a script by fellow Brit Kelly Marcel.

Sam‘s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life,” producer Michael De Luca said in a statement. “EL James‘ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit.”

No word yet on who will be playing the pivotal roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. EL James will be producing alongside Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, who worked together on the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network.

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  • M

    i think we need a brit christian as well.. you know who i mean

  • Shdnns

    Finally some news on the movie!!!! Now all we need is for Henry Cavill to be cast as Christian and Alexis Bledel as Anastasia.

  • R

    I think her husband (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) would be a good Christian. I’m remembering the bedroom scene Blake Lively in “Savages”.

  • xyz

    Ugly woman, dumb book

  • Lizzie

    I would have preferred a director with more experience in difficult subject matter, like Guy Van Sant, but the producers must have seen something in her I don’t. She’ll probably do a great job.

  • Lizzie

    I meant Gus Van Sant, of course.

  • Hell YES
  • LOL

    difficult subject matter????
    It’s a porn, what difficulties???

  • Ale

    lame choice…

  • Ale


    It’s a highly sexual story…not a porn, but it can degenerate in porn, if not done well…and that’s why is difficult and needs a qualitative experencied director. I see she’s totally inexperienced…I don’t know what to expect from her…I think with this the idea to enjoy a movie about the trilogy faded for me.

  • bria

    I tried to read the 1st book because of all the hype but had to quit because it was so boring and senseless. I can’t imagine something so uninteresting being turned into a movie.

  • Josephine

    Henry Cavill is a great actor. Waaay too good for this nonsense.

  • Verity

    I knew they would have to scrape the bottom of the directors barrel to get one to direct this. This book does not belong on the big screen but on HBO for example. You can combine all three books into one HBO movie as there was no need for 3 books anyways.


    I think Ian Somerhalder and Lena Dunham would be a good Christian and Ana

  • JUNO

    OH give me a break. This is some cheese sex summer reading novel. It is and will never be considered a great novel. Just a book for women that need to get their sex life at home on track so they don’t have to cream their panties over an imaginary man and woman. That HELLO don’t exist. The reason she was chosen as the director is because not real established Director would talk on this piece of cheese. And no way in the world would Henry C do this movie. Nor would Ryan G, Fassbender or any of the other men named. They will cast a C or D actor or actress or some unknown.
    growup ladies.

    Close the book and live a real life.

  • Pretty Ka

    @JUNO: jeje… I’ve not read the novel, but I do wonder if people’s sex lives are really so boring that they have to make such a big deal about this book.

  • Didi Bibi

    Ian Somerhalder and Emmy Rossum (:

  • Imane

    @M: Does he happen to be playing Supeman as well ? ;)

  • Caitlinnn

    her husband aaron would be perfect for Christian!

  • Hmmm

    I thinks the best Christian would be Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, if you watched The Tudors you know what I mean…

  • CatalinaGreyMaddox

    Matt Bomer is perfect for Grey


  • @JUNO

    What you fail to realize is that 50 Shades was never penned to be a “great novel”. E.L. James herself said it was just meant as some harmless entertainment.

    Its weird that that they chose a director with so little experience, but I like that she has an inappropriate relationship herself. She must be used to people giving her grief about that, so maybe she can use some of her own experience for the movie.

  • ana steele


    boom. done. perfect. now lets get on with the filming the anticipation is killing me

  • dom

    Matt Bomer as Christian Grey
    Alexis Bledel as Anastasia Steele
    Blake Lively as Kate Kavanagh
    Paul Walker as Elliot Grey
    Lucy Hale as Mia Grey
    Drew Van Acker as Ethan Kavanagh
    Kim Cattarall as Mrs. Robinson
    Jesse Metcalfe as Jose Rodriguez
    Pierce Brosnan as Carrick
    Michelle Pfeiffer as Grace
    Dennis Quaid as Ray
    Carla Gugino as Carla


  • ermh

    Having a boy-toy husband 20 plus years her junior; shes even too H-0-R-N-Y for this p0rny film!

  • NO For Alexis Bledel!!!

    Alexis Bledel is a fine actress. Waaay too good, sensible, classy & decent for this nonsense pooorn.

  • kendall

    @dom: THIS IS PERFECT OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS. IS. THE. FIFTY. SHADES. OF. GREY. CAST.

  • chelad

    Honeslty I think it would be carrier suicide to this movie, I rather Cavill not do the movie.

  • reeven

    i donĀ“t get all the fuss around these books, there are better love stories, definitely a fanfic

  • Stockwell

    A stupid british book stupidly placed in America where Americans never gave it a second notice and ignored it because it is entirely nonapplicable alien propaganda to them. Stupid primitive british retards can’t write about other cultures like America without effing everything up. That’s how the british non-empire has to scrounge for money, by being cultureless inbred primitive retards to other cultures.

  • the name is …..

    Kaidence Donda West is baby West Kardashian

  • Conny B

    Got to be Ian Somerhalder for Christian Grey..He is perfect for the part

  • Nikki

    No self-respecting actor/actress will touch the parts, so why not just scrap the movie? It will suck anyways!

  • Missy

    The series is garbage. The film will be, too.

  • Hopper

    Wowzee this is gonna be good.Hold on to your hats!

  • Fynn

    It always the ugly chicks that got so much to say about sex, smh…

  • Jenny

    So excited!!!! Ian somerhalder is so Christian grey. Originally I thought Matt bomer was perfect but ian seems better fit, I mean he even does stuff for the environment in real life! Also I think emmy rossum should play Ana. She’s sweet and has a mysterious sexy side to her

  • Perfect

    She may have little experience as a director, but she’s one of the best photographer around and she’s in a visual “business” for more than 20 years. She has greatexperience in putting people and things into perspective and even is the story is cringworthy, she will make a visual wonderful film.

  • pssst

    She would put all of her sexual antics/tactics on this p0rn just like how she gets her boy-toy husband LOOOL

  • Jackie

    Aaron is perfect Grey!