50 Shades of Grey Movie: Emma Watson Will Not Be Cast As Anastasia Steele

On Friday, a story exploded on the social news site Reddit: Emma Watson is done for the 50 Shades of Grey movie ... and would be up for a nude scene. 

But the story that was posted contradicts Watson's pervious messages on both the movie and the type of scenes an actress playing in the steamy story would have to partake in. 

Although Watson has been on many people’s shortlists to play Anastasia Steele in the possible film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and rumors have been swirling that the British actress is already talking with casting directors, the actress has officially said that this is not the case. Sorry, boys: your fantasies of seeing Hermione Granger do BDSM will not be coming true in this lifetime.  

Displaying excellent taste in projects, Watson has told Entertainment Weekly, “I haven’t read the book, I haven’t read a script, nothing!” She said that the large number of articles linking her to the film doesn’t mean they’re true: “Just because there are 60 articles on the internet doesn’t mean it’s any less true than if there are three or four.” 

The same thing happened with the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, Watson said, to which she was linked despite never getting involved in discussions about the project.

If you’re missing the Harry Potter star, you can instead catch her this fall in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in the upcoming Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring, and working with Black Swan director Darren Arnofsky on the film Noah. 

Other actresses who have officially said that they won’t be participating in the 50 Shades franchise include Selena Gomez. The Wizards of Waverly Place star was featured in a parody video, “Fifty Shades of Blue,” but officially said that taking the role itself  “would be a little bit too much for me.” Gomez is only 19-years old, and suggested that “someone older should do the part.”

Since Watson and Gomez won’t be trading their witch’s wands for Anastasia’s handcuffs, the field is still wide open to find a leading lady. Suggestions, anyone?

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Courtney Hodrick

I'm a freshman at Yale University participating in the Directed Studies program. I was the Opinions and Editorials editor of my high school newspaper, I'm a distance runner, and I've been a vegetarian since I was 12.

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